(Maybe) leave the brolly at home

Barbican's Rain Room photo by Lisa Bamford

I recently went to experience the Barbican’s art installation of rAndom Internationals’ Rain Room.

They say “a hundred square metre field of falling water through which it is possible to walk, trusting that a path can be navigated, without being drenched in the process… experience what it’s like to control the rain. Visitors can choose to simply watch the spectacle or find their way carefully through the rain, putting their trust in the work to the test.”

I say “you’re not supposed to get wet… most people didn’t. However, I got soaked, I was not happy. It’s very cool though, I’d just wear a hat next time. Or borrow an untrusting person’s umbrella.”

The website says to be careful of wearing dark clothes, and the man that supervises it tells you not to walk too quickly. What you should also know is don’t stand still for too long taking photos either as you WILL get very wet… and then discover that the Barbican’s loos don’t have hand (hair) dryers… and you’ll spend some time looking a dripping fool…

It’s on at the Barbican, it’s free, and comes with a lovely queue. Worth it though. On until 3rd March.

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