I like to talk about the weather, after all I am English right? Stereotype it might be, but when it comes to our weather chatter we do love to indulge ourselves. So when The Barbican announced Rain Room their latest daring installation to take over The Curve space, you could almost hear the meteorological connoisseurs getting excited.
Allowing you to enter a rainstorm without getting the slightest bit wet, it sounds like something out your very wildest weather-based fantasies but thanks to the super-talented people from creative studio, rAndom International, Rain Room is one of the most incredible installations to hit London in some time.
But how on earth does it all work? Walking into the darkened corridor you are greeted with 100 square metres of geometrically perfected rainfall. As you enter the stage into the downpour, 3D depth cameras pick up on your presence, quite literally repelling the heavens from opening up upon you, and the further you enter the more immersed in rain you become. Pretty cool eh?
And, with the lighting perfected down to a tee, creating the most dreamy of silhouetted effects, the whole experience of being able to control the weather while being immersed in rainfall really does make for the most beautifully surreal way to spend an hour of your day.
Running right up until March and not costing a single penny, if you Londoners do one thing in the next five months, I beg you to let it be this!
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