Random International: Rain Room

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Random International: Rain Room

With the soggy summer we've just been through you might have thought that we would all have had enough of wet weather but the two-hour queues to stand in this indoor, rain-based installation are proving otherwise.

The trick of course is that due to the special sensors built into designers Random International's structure, as the water pours down from the ceiling at the end of the darkened Curve gallery, you can stand in the middle of the shower and not get wet. In fact you do catch one or two drops, and you'd feel a few more if you moved too quickly for the sensors to detect you, but essentially it's like being in the rain with your own invisible umbrella.

Although numbers are restricted to 8 in the actual rain at any one time, one can't help feeling that to experience the full effect you really need to be in there on your own. It's on until March next year though, so pick the right moment and you might just get to weather your own personal storm.


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Event website: http://www.barbican.org.uk
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Waited 90 minutes, and definitely not worth it. Wait/pleasure ratio heads into negative after 30 minutes max, I would say.

So I went 2pm wednesday and the queueing time for me was 50-60 minutes in a theme park esq queue. So bring a book. The exhibit is impressive. The sounds of a heavy downpour whilst remaining dry are an experience. It's a shame the novelty wears off so quickly after queueing for so long.