Random International's Rain Room installation is on display at the MoMA in New York City now through July 28. As the name suggests, steady sheets of rain pour down from the ceiling to mimic rainfall in this exhibit. The clever bit, though, is that when someone steps into the room, sensors temporarily halt the water wherever the person happens to be standing. So, visitors get to walk through the room happily unsoaked while rain falls all around them.
Here's Random International on their installation:
A large-scale environment by Random International, Rain Room is a field of falling water that pauses wherever a human body is detected—offering visitors the experience of controlling the rain. The presentation of Rain Room at The Museum of Modern Art is a major component of EXPO 1: New York, a large-scale festival exploring ecological challenges. Using digital technology, Rain Room is a carefully choreographed downpour—a monumental work that encourages people to become performers on an unexpected stage, while creating an intimate atmosphere of contemplation.
The photos below were snapped on May 15, just three days after opening day. Click through the gallery to see folks enjoying the spectacle of a 5,000 square-foot room that drops 260 gallons of water every minute. If you can't make it to the MoMA, don't miss Random International's video from a previous Rain Room installation at the Barbican gallery.