It’s about time rain arrived in the Middle East. Too bad it’s not the kind that’s going to actually cool us down a bit.
Rain Room is Sharjah Art Foundation’s new interactive water-art installation that you won’t need an umbrella, wellies or waterproof mascara for. Using distinctive trigger-motion sensors, the installation detects movement to pause the downpour of 1,200 litres of recycled, self-cleaning water wherever you walk. Consider us gobsmacked.
It’s no mystery why this installation was brainstormed in none other than home of drizzle, London, and first exhibited at the Barbican in 2012. Due to rising popularity, the Rain Room has seen the likes of New York, Shanghai and Los Angeles, and has now made a permanent home right here in the UAE at Al Majarah in Sharjah.
And it’s not just about wet weather. According to London-based art collective and creators Random International, the installation “physically represents [an individual’s] personal space and casts a light on the different behaviours this space elicits." Also, and sorry to be basic about this, but think of the Instagram pictures!