Rain Room in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates – Enjoy a Rain-Like Downpour in UAE
The Sharjah Art Foundation in the United Arab Emirates has opened an installation of the London-based collective Random International’s work Rain Room (2012). The work, which will now be permanently sited at Al Majarrah Park, is the first in a series of projects that the Sharjah Art Foundation has slated for various sites around the UAE.
The installation, which has attracted long lines at each venue where it’s been exhibited, allows visitors to enter a chamber where water droplets appear to fall around visitors. Yet, thanks to carefully programmed technology, viewers inside the installation never get wet, and the drops appear to magically hover around visitors. Although the Rain Room has received mixed reviews from critics, it has been a hit with the public—when it was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, visitors waited up to 12 hours to go inside the work.
Rain Room in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Details:
Where is the location of Rain Room in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates?
Off Al Majarrah Park, Sharjah
What are the timings of Rain Room in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates?
Saturday – Thursday: 9am to 9pm
Friday: 4pm to 11pm
Saturday – Thursday:
From 10am to 4pm
9pm to midnight
Friday: 4pm to midnight
What are the ticket details of Rain Room in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates?
Student: Dh15 (up to 22 years — ID required)
Teachers: Dh15 (ID required)
Children: Free admission (up to 5 years)
People with disabilities and one caregiver: Free admission
What are the regulations and guidelines at Rain Room in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates?
- No food or beverage is allowed inside the installation.
- Children should be supervised at all times.
- Visitors are discouraged from wearing skinny high heels.
- Dark, shiny, reflective or impermeable clothing may affect the function of the sensors.
- If visitors move impulsively within the installation, slight contact with water is possible.
- The installation requires regular maintenance and is subject to temporary closure during the day.
- Use of photographic equipment and mobile phones is entirely at the risk of the owner.
- No professional photography is allowed without explicit prior permission from Sharjah Art Foundation.
- Visitors are asked to abstain from shooting for any other purpose than documenting their visit to Rain Room. Performance and music videos, product photography or fashion shoots are not permitted.
- Visitors are encouraged to photograph and share on social media with the hashtag #RainRoomSharjah.
What are the main features of Rain Room in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates?
- Built on an area of 1,460 sq m
- It uses 1,200 litres of self-cleaning recycled water that provides a continuous stream of rainfall.
- Rain Room, which is a dark underground chamber, lit only by a spotlight that makes the water dazzle like strings of light, slicing through black space around us.
- You hear the patter of rain as you approach the Rain Room.
- You walk down a high-ceilinged, narrow concrete corridor. Then you enter a large, dark room with one blinding light. It needs to be on to make sure the ‘downpour’ can be filmed, photographed, is selfie-friendly.
- Then you see people looking up at the large ‘shower head’, examining, experiencing the shards of water hitting the metal surface around them. And there’s the moment: the water does not touch them. It won’t touch you either.
- You can play with the motion sensors, move fast, move slow, try and understand the engineering of what will get you wet. It’s as much a technological feat as an artistic one.
- If you don’t want to get wet, walk really slowly. If you don’t care that a few drops hit your face – in fact you want it – just walk faster.
- Using special trigger motion sensors that detects movements, the rain pauses wherever people walk through. Chase the rain all you want, you’ll never catch it.
- The falling water goes straight through the floor, which has small spaces in it; gets taken back up, and rains down again.
- The surreal experience is made possible by motion sensors that hold back the nonstop ‘rain’ where visitors stand or walk.
- The arrangement means you are continuously, and closely, surrounded by falling water wherever you are and wherever you move inside the installation
How to contact them for more information?
Contact No: +971 6 561 0095
Information Courtesy: https://gulfnews.com/news/uae/leisure/rain-room-brings-fun-intrigue-to-sharjah-1.2215470
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