By Ned Kahn
Material : Aluminium, steel
Location : Marina Bay Sands Hotel Atrium (exterior)
Duration : Permanent
Collection : Marina Bay Sands
Dimensions : North end: 15m tall; South end: 55m tall, 6,800sqm
Wind Arbor is the largest and most visible piece of Marina Bay Sands’ Art Path. It covers 6,800 square metres, equivalent to the surface area of five-and-a-half Olympic-sized swimming pools. The sculpture consists of 260,000 aluminum metal “flappers” covering the entire western façade of the Hotel Atrium facing the Central Business District and encircling the air-conditioning towers at the north end of the property. When the flappers move, they reflect light, creating a shimmering piece of art. It is 15 metres tall at the north end and increases to 55 metres tall at the southern entry. The flappers are mounted on hinges and hung from steel cable so they are free to move independently in reaction to wind movements.