Rain Room lets you walk through a downpour without getting wet

There is something magical about a downpour, but it's not so magical when you get into the office dripping wet, and have to sit uncomfortably for the rest of the day. If you've ever wished you could walk in the rain without getting soaked, this new Random International exhibition is just for you.

Fittingly dubbed Rain Room, this exhibition lets you control the rain. When you walk into Rain Room, over 500 gallons (2000 liters) of water fall all around you—everywhere, except on you. By using 3D video cameras, Rain Room's computers know exactly where you are at every single moment, and shuts off the water spouts above you accordingly. This way, although you'll walk through a simulated rainstorm, it never actually rains on you.

More than just a technical work, Rain Room is about people. Described as a "social experiment" by one of the artists who created it, Rain Room is a terrific way to see different reactions and interactions.

It offers the kind of control you'd just be itching to test; will you get wet if you move fast enough? How accurate can those 3D cameras really be? What happens if you run from one side to the other? For the really curious ones, towels are provided on site.

Random International is a group of young artists that's known for its thought-provoking works. Made of mirrors, lights, and movement, many of its exhibitions are more than simple art; they're art for geeks, with an interesting technical element.

Rain Room is on display at the Barbican in London until March 4th, and entry is free. You might have to stand in line for a while to enjoy this unique experience, though. If you're not going to be in London any time soon, watch the video to get a whiff of some dry rain.

[Photo: Lida Rose/Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

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