Rain Room

About the Exhibition - Rain Room

Random International’s Rain Room (2012) is an immersive environment of perpetually falling water that pauses wherever a human body is detected. The installation offers visitors an opportunity to experience what is seemingly impossible: the ability to control rain. Rain Room presents a respite from everyday life and an opportunity for sensory reflection within a responsive relationship.

Founded in 2005, Random International is a collaborative studio for experimental practice. They use science and technology to create experiences that aim to question and challenge the human experience within a machine-led world, engaging viewers through explorations of behavior and natural phenomena. In the decade following the studio's inception, the focus of Random International’s artistic practice has continuously evolved and today encompasses sculpture, performance, and installation on an architectural scale.

Rain Room is organized by LACMA and is on display courtesy of RH, Restoration Hardware.

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Rain Room is part of The Hyundai Project: Art + Technology at LACMA, a joint initiative exploring the convergence of art and technology.

Additional funding provided by Mehran and Laila Taslimi, Susanne Taslimi and Shidan Taslimi. 

All exhibitions at LACMA are underwritten by the LACMA Exhibition Fund. Major annual support is provided by Kitzia and Richard Goodman, with generous annual funding from Janet Chann and Michael Irwin in memory of George Chann, Louise and Brad Edgerton, Edgerton Foundation, Emily and Teddy Greenspan, Jenna and Jason Grosfeld, Lenore and Richard Wayne, and the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation.

Video Credit: Rain Room by Random International, 2012, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, © Random International, videos courtesy Random International. 

FAQ - Rain Room

Rain Room FAQ

Q: What is Rain Room?

Rain Room is an immersive work by the London-based artist collective Random International. Within this large-scale installation, water falls continuously to create a cacophonous interior downpour that pauses wherever a human body is detected. Upon entering this surreal environment, visitors can move through this space freely, protected from the water falling all around them.

A gallery visit is approximately 10–15 minutes. During the allotted time, 18 to 22 people may enter the gallery while five to seven people may proceed into the rain at once. LACMA security guards are responsible for time management within the gallery space and will assist visitors as they move throughout the work. Tickets are not transferable and there are no refunds.

Q: What do I need to know about visiting?

Rain Room is a specially ticketed experience. Tickets are dated and timed, and advance reservations are required as capacity is limited.

Please arrive at least 15 to 30 minutes prior to your reservation. Should you become delayed and miss your scheduled time, we unfortunately cannot guarantee a rescheduled visit for later in the day or beyond. Please note that there are no refunds. Check in at a LACMA Ticket Office to retrieve your reserved tickets or purchase tickets, pending availability. Tickets may be retrieved from a LACMA Ticket Office on the reserved date by the original purchaser only. Photo ID is required to retrieve your pre-purchased tickets.

  • Rain Room is located on Level 1 of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM).
  • As are all LACMA galleries, Rain Room is accessible by wheelchair. Wheelchairs are welcome within the gallery.
  • Rain Room is a dark installation space that features falling water. You may get wet.
  • Visitors are discouraged from wearing dark, shiny, reflective fabric.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times. High-heeled shoes are not allowed. 
  • Please be aware that Rain Room may close for brief periods throughout the day should gallery maintenance become necessary.
  • Personal photography is allowed and encouraged! Please, no flash. Use #rainroom or tag us @LACMA to share your photos on social media.

Q: What about the water?

  • Water is supplied through LACMA’s water main.
  • Rain Room uses approximately 528 gallons (2000 L) of water within a self-contained system. The same 528 gallons will be recycled and used throughout the entire run of the exhibition. The average American family of four uses 400 gallons of water per day.*
  • When all the ceiling tiles are switched on, water is being constantly pumped round at a rate of 317 gallons/min (1200 L). A one-inch rainstorm deposits 13,577 gallons on one-half acre.**
  • Professional water inspectors will test water health weekly. Rain Room water is also filtered as it circulates through the work.

 If you have questions, please contact a LACMA Ticket Office at boxoffice@lacma.org or 323 857-6010.

* Source: http://www.epa.gov/
**Source: http://water.usgs.gov/edu/

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