The Rain Room – A place where you don’t get wet ??

Saturday 1434 – 2nd February 2013

Last week I wrote about the 12.12.12 Underground Orchestra Challenge.    If you missed it you can read it here

I’ve been travelling today so I thought I’d cheat a bit and share some photos from the other thing that I did last Saturday when I was in Londonium. I visited The Rain Room Installation at the Barbican and it was every bit as good as I thought it would be or possibly even better.  There is a huge 2-3 hour queue because they only let 10-12 people in at a time  but I didn’t join it. I used my feminine wiles ( what do you mean at my age !! ) and my camera to gain entry….. well I do have an ankle problem too and standing around ain’t good for me so I don’t feel too bad about the queue jump!  Here’s a bit of spiel from the Barbican website –

“Known for their distinctive approach to digital-based contemporary art, Random International’’s experimental artworks come alive through audience interaction. Their largest and most ambitious installation yet, Rain Room is a 100 square metre field of falling water for visitors to walk through and experience how it might feel to control the rain. On entering The Curve the visitor hears the sound of water and feels moisture in the air before discovering the thousands of falling droplets that
respond to their presence and movement.”

Can you imagine the powerful noise of pouring rain getting louder and louder as you approach the Rain Room?

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Can you imagine the dampness in the air as you stand in the middle of what looks like rain pouring down around you?

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Can you imagine the powerful feeling of stopping the water from falling as you walk into it?

That’s exactly what these women are doing.

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 This women’s expression below, a cross between joy and awe, sums this feeling up.

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Can you imagine trying to capture the scene as you stand there, expecting to get wet but staying dry, everyone was trying to do just that. But sometimes it’s hard to capture an experience except in your memory..

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When you leave the room you certainly feel as though you have experienced a little bit of magic…

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How many of us haven’t wished we could stop the rain when it’s making us soaking wet?  Well in the Rain Room you can do just that.. 😀

Saturday Girl signing off now. Have a joyful week  but I hope not too much rain falls on you.. unless you need it where you are, of course 😉

If you’d like to read more about the Rain Room you can do so here

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You can find my photography blog Photomania here and I hope you’ll pop over and take a look if you haven’t already

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20 comments on “The Rain Room – A place where you don’t get wet ??

  1. Adrian Lewis says:

    Fascinating place – what an experience! Adrian

  2. Wow, that is fantastic. Your photos are fabulous Helen. And fancy you having your feminine wellies just when you needed them 😉

  3. Fascinating. I would be put off by the queue, thankfully you had your feminine wiles to get you through. Love the photos.

  4. clinock says:

    We need one of these in Vancouver – where people don’t tan – they rust…

  5. Rachael says:

    Ah, I have wanted to visit this since I first heard about it but the queues put me off. No way I am queuing for 2-3 hours! I will just have to enjoy it vicariously here.

  6. Great concept-terrific images.

  7. scillagrace says:

    Great photo op! I went to an interactive art exhibit with Steve last year which was more about light than water…still a very cool concept!

  8. Alex Jones says:

    I am impressed with the creativity of this Rain Room.

  9. cewarnes says:

    Sounds fascinating Helen, what a great experience. Did you not get wet at all? I wonder how it works?

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