Rain Room is an initiative that explores the combination of art with technology by lending users the ability to control the weather. An immersive experience, people are invited into a “cacophonous interior downpour,” in which they are able to walk through a mystical rainstorm without getting wet. The field of falling water around a person pauses whenever a human body is detected, responding to the users’ presence and movements. Rain Room creates an environment where one can dance in the rain, hear the sounds and feel the moisture of a thunderstorm, but stay completely dry and protected at the same time.
After successful exhibits in New York and London, the installation has now been brought to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), through the efforts of London-based experimental studio Random International. Random International is a collaborative studio that aims to push the boundaries of where science and technology meet human experience, to facilitate engagement and discussion. Rain Room uses approximately 528 gallons (2000L) of water which is recycled and used throughout the entire run of the exhibition in a self-contained system.
The installation is now on display at LACMA through March 6, 2016. If you plan to visit, keep in mind that photography is encouraged, allowing visitors to have a unique opportunity for some stunning shots (like the images of the dramatic choreographed performance set to the falling rain we’ve previously featured).