This interactive artwork by Random International allows visitors to experience the rain whenever they feel like it. Based in London, Random International studio creates all kinds of installations that explore behavior and interaction, often using light and movement as the foundation for their artworks. The Rain Room, an exhibition supported by the Arts Council England and made possible by the generous support of the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art, is located at the Curve in the Barbican Centre in London.
In the exhibit, a 100 square meter grate hangs overhead in the center of the room, from which a continuously falling rain shower streams. Visitors can experience the pitter patter sound of raindrops hitting the ground and the moisture in the air without actually getting wet. As they walk through the indoor rainfall, sensors detect their motions and the water is directed away from them in what the studio describes as a “carefully choreographed downpour that responds to your movements and presence.”
Visitors become part of the installation as they walk, move, and spin among the drops, feeling what it might be like to actually control the weather!