Beginning November 1st, you can experience a rainstorm inside LACMA.
There’s something odd and poetic about an art installation made of rain coming to a place parched by drought. The fact that the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has brought this piece to L.A. amplifies the idea that rain is a rare artifact from another era-- only to be encountered in a museum.
The Rain Room is an interactive installation with continuously falling water that pauses wherever a human body is detected. So as you walk slowly through it you will be completely surrounded by raindrops but you will not get wet.
It's the creation of Random International, an artists' studio based in London. The Frame spoke with founders Hannes Koch and Florian Ortkrass during Wednesday's press preview.
Water-conscious Southern Californians are probably wondering, how much water does this use?
The Rain Room uses about 528 gallons of water within a self-contained system. The same 528 gallons will be recycled throughout the entire run of the exhibition.
It's an installation that can give Southern Californians an idea of what it will be like to walk through the rainstorms expected this winter if the El Niño comes.
When all the ceiling tiles are turned on, water is constantly pumped at a rate of 317 gallons each minute.
Hannes Koch, left, and Florian Ortkrass are the founders of London-based artists' studio Random International – the studio behind the Rain Room, which opens to the public at LACMA on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. (Maya Sugarman/KPCC)