This 1 minute clip highlights my process for developing a visual language and creating content for the evening shows at Jewel in the Changi Airport in Singapore. You can see glimpses of the mockups that took place from 2015 to 2019 at WET in Los Angeles. A lot of effort was required to understand the unique and unpredictable ways that water and fog carry projection. For example each water droplet is like a little prism that splits light into a rainbow, so the color changes as you move. The water and fog also visualize the projection beam, creating volumes from 2D images.
Like Hadrian’s Pantheon, which creates a portal for light to enter space in a theatrical way, the shows at Jewel dramatize and respond to the elements. The shows reference structures like Brunelleschi’s Duomo and Trajan’s column, telling a story from all directions at once. They also recall architect Toyo Ito’s project “Tower of Winds,” using projected light to connect an abstract, semiotic understanding of dense urban space with the physical.
I would like to thank some people and teams who have been critical to this process: everyone at WET Design and Mark Fuller for facilitating this level of creative exploration, Jim Doyle for his creative genius, coming up with the crazy idea to project on the waterfall and guiding the design of the projection system, Jaron Lubin and Charu Kokate of Safdie Architects, Ashith Alva and Changi Airport team for their encouragement and trust, Howard Tsai for helping to pitch this concept and continued input, Peter Kopik for pushing the project further, Ting Zhang and Lachlan Turczan for their amazing brains and creative/emotional support, Eric Ludacer and Christie Digital for 24/7 support including last-minute emergency parts replacement :). Jose Aleman for his tireless ingenuity and problem solving, Steven Burkholder for engineering the network and supporting it throughout the night.