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  • Rain Room at the Barbican
  • Rain Room at the Barbican
  • Approx. 15 minutes from Russell Square Underground Station. Take the Piccadilly line to Kings Cross St. Pancras underground station. Change here for the Circle line (towards Liverpool St), the Metropolitan Line (towards Aldgate) or the Hammersmith & City line (towards Barking). All of these lines will take you to Barbican underground station. 

    Fed up with the predictable gloomy, grey and damp weather in London!? Get out of the rain and head down to the Curve Gallery at the Barbican Centre for a truly unique and surreal experience... INDOOR RAIN! Yes, more rain... although the difference here is that this torrential downpour will not involve wrestling against the wind with your umbrella in an unsuccessful attempt to stay dry, because this rain is programmed to ensure that you won't get wet!

    Rain Room is the work of contemporary art studio Random International, who are known for their distinctive approach to digital based and experimental artworks that come to life through audience interaction. Their largest and most ambitious installation yet, Rain Room is a 100 square metre field of falling water that visitors can walk through. 
    On entering the Curve the visitor first experiences the sound of water followed by the feeling of a cool moisture in the air, before discovering the thousands of falling droplets that respond to their own presence and movements. A bright light at the end of the darkened gallery makes the 'rain' glisten so participants can see it, however the cutting edge digital technology is able to halt the rain as a person walks towards it giving the feeling that an invisible force field is protecting you.

    This carefully choreographed downpour encourages visitors to become performers on an unexpected stage, whilst creating an intimate atmosphere of contemplation. This is the closest you will ever get to being able to control the weather!

    The Curve, Barbican Art Gallery, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
    October 2012 - 3rd March 2013
    FREE admission
    Opening times: Daily 11am - 8pm and every Thursday LATE until 10pm
    Nearest tube: Barbican / Overground: Moorgate
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