Rain Oculus

Submitted by Ned Kahn

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Client: Marina Bay Sands

Location: Singapore, Singapore

Completion date: 2011

Artwork budget: $3,000,000

Project Team

Artist

Ned Kahn

Ned Kahn Studios

Other

Howard Fields

HFAI

Overview

Large water vortex forms inside a 70-foot diameter acrylic bowl that functions as a dynamic skylight for a retail concourse at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

Goals

The intent from the start was to blur the boundaries between art, architecture and nature. The artwork functions as a skylight and a rain collector.

Process

I collaborated with the architect, Moshe Safdie,from an early stage in the design to create a dynamic skylight for the retail hub. After the initial design work the project involved extensive collaboration with engineers, fountain consultants and the fabricator.