Rain Room Barbican 1

Well, okay, it’s not so new. This unique art installation has been displayed at the Barbican Centre’s The Curve Gallery in London since October of 2012, but it is now heading to MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York City on next week, on May 12.

Rain Room is the latest work by a young experimental practice called Random International. Random International aims to create artwork that explores behavior and interaction, utilizing factors such as light and movement.

Rain Room seems to do just that, and in interesting and technologically-advanced way. Here’s the gist of how the Rain Room works:

In a room that is about 100 square meters (1076 sq. ft.), visitors will wander through the space which is continuously pouring water down as rain. What makes this installation unique is that nobody gets wet. All the other sensory triggers are there that are felt during a walk through rain, such as the moisture in the air and the smell and sound. The technology that facilitates this is a big part of the art. Overhead tracking sensors that respond to movement and are aware of human bodies constantly track visitors’ movements whilst in the Rain Room, immediately cutting off the “rain” directly above each person as they move around. In essence, rain is falling all around you, but you cannot get wet.

Below is a gallery of some images taken from when the installation was at the Barbican Centre, and below that is an explanatory video:

*All Photos of Rain Room Barbican, courtesy of Random International. Watch the video below to see it in action: