Devised by UK-based rAndom International, the “Rain Room” allows visitors to pass through a downpour without getting wet. The installation is set on a darkened stage solely lit by one large spotlight. Cameras map human movement in the 100-square-meter room and send instructions for the rain to move near people, yet not too near, as they traverse the space.
The Guardian describes the experience: “As visitors step up on to the stage, these identical vertical lines of driving rain begin to be repelled, as if each body is giving off a kind of invisible magnetic field. As you step further in, the rain closes around you, enveloping each silhouetted figure in a perfect cylindrical void. It is a startlingly surreal experience.”