VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #190: No Rain Ever Fell Directly Upon Our Heads

October 11, 2012 

We may have forgotten about it in recent weeks, but we know it’s coming. 161 rainy days. Having wrapped ourselves up tight in a summer that still lingers, we say no thank you. Mayor Gregor, if you can have a big one of these installed above the city we’d appreciate it. Thank you very much.

In the interactive art installation “Rain Room,” visitors can walk through a thousand square foot space that is being soaked by falling water— without getting wet themselves. To achieve the effect, cameras track the locations of people within the installation, shutting off nearby water valves to stop the downpour over the visitors.

Too tall an order? OK, fine. But still, if we head over to the Barbican Center in London before this upcoming March, the “Rain Room” installation from art collective rAndom International will at least allow us to pretend (and goodness knows the English need it as much as we do).