Monday, 11 February 2013

Rain Room at the Barbican

Last week I escaped the small people for a few hours and ventured into town to experience the Rain Room at the Barbican, an amazing installation by Random International which invites you to experience what it is like to control the rain. It was a miserable rainy day, so it seemed somewhat ironic to be queueing (for an hour) to go and stand in a rainy room! However it was well worth the wait to experience walking into a torrential downpour that literally stopped raining on you as you moved through the space. The room was essentially dark but with a harsh floodlight that lights the water and silhouettes the figures walking through it. It created a very striking visual effect, enhanced by the sound of the rain drumming on the ground and I loved every minute of it. It is on until 3rd March and is free so I would highly recommend going if you can. Do get there early, 10ish, as it opens at 11am but they only let 5 people in at a time.