The Rain Room

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Did you go?

The Rain Room at the Museum of Modern Art was a thing this summer.  Some people waited for an entire day to gain entry to the huge, dark room wherein it was raining everywhere except on you.  There was one bright spotlight that illuminated the raindrops and the others in the room in a most strikingly beautiful way.

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The Rain Room was created by a British art collective called rAndom International and here is what they say about the Rain Room

The work invites visitors to explore the roles that science, technology, and human ingenuity can play in stabilizing our environment. Using digital technology, Rain Room creates a carefully choreographed downpour, simultaneously encouraging people to become performers on an unexpected stage and creating an intimate atmosphere of contemplation.”

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I went early on and waited less than two hours.  They only let in ten or so people at a time but once inside, you could stay as long as you cared to.  The motion sensors worked great – I felt just a few drops of rain but only when I moved too quickly.  The long line of people waiting to enter kept me from being too contemplative – I felt bad for them out in the heat of the day so I didn’t stay long enough to generate any deep thoughts.  Still, it was as cool as hell.

Check out rAndom International’s website for way better photos than mine.


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