sábado, 6 de octubre de 2012

Visitors ‘part the rain’ in a surreal experience at the ‘Rain Room’

A woman experiences the 'Rain Room' art installation by 'Random International' in The Curve at the Barbican Centre on October 3, 2012 in London, England. Oli Scarff/Getty Images


Imagine walking through the rain deluge without getting wet. In fact, imagine having the rain part around you, as you walk through it. Fiction? Not quite!
In the Curve at the Barbican Art Gallery, London a new installation by Random International is set, inviting people to – well, try to get wet. The ‘Rain Room’ is a hundred square meters downpour area, set at the end of a curving corridor and left intentionally dark to emphasize dramatic spotlight effect. Rain, as it should, falls vertically in straight shower lines.

Members of the public experience the 'Rain Room' art installation by 'Random International' in The Curve at the Barbican Centre on October 3, 2012 in London, England. Oli Scarff/Getty Images

However, as the visitors step into the rain, it senses their bodies and moves around, closing behind them, creating a perfect cylindrical void, as The Guardian describes it, calling it a “startlingly surreal experience.”
The Rain Room is mapped by a series of cameras which create a 3D-map of the location of bodies, switching the water around them. It controls a total of 2,500 litres of water, falling at a rate of 1,000 litres per minute.
If you’re traveling to London, you can control the weather at the Barbican’s Curve gallery until March. Entry is free.

Members of the public experience the 'Rain Room' art installation by 'Random International' in The Curve at the Barbican Centre on October 3, 2012 in London, England. Oli Scarff/Getty Images

A man experiences the 'Rain Room' art installation by 'Random International' in The Curve at the Barbican Centre on October 3, 2012 in London, England. Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Members of the public experience the 'Rain Room' art installation by 'Random International' in The Curve at the Barbican Centre on October 3, 2012 in London, England. Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Members of the public experience the 'Rain Room' art installation by 'Random International' in The Curve at the Barbican Centre on October 3, 2012 in London, England. Oli Scarff/Getty Images

A woman experiences the 'Rain Room' art installation by 'Random International' in The Curve at the Barbican Centre on October 3, 2012 in London, England.  Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Credits: National Post
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