After a sell-out season in 2021, the phenomenal interactive installation, Rain Room, is coming back to Melbourne. This immersive experience by Random International is one of the world’s most famous contemporary works. It merges art, technology and nature together, in a 100 square metre space of continuous rainfall. The rain responds to your presence and movement, which gives you the feeling of being in a fierce rainstorm, without having to get wet. Rain Room is coming back to St Kilda for its third season, and it opens on Wednesday November 1.
This mesmerising experience has captivated audiences in New York, London, Shanghai and more. When it first opened in St Kilda, over 90, 000 people went to check it out.
The installation is privately owned by Louis Li, art patron and Jackalope founder. You can usually find it in the Mornington Peninsula, among the private art collection at Jackalope Hotel. But next month, it’s setting up shop inside the purpose-built Jackalope Pavilion, a creative and artistic space where the Jackalope Hotel group can showcase public art in Melbourne.
“Having launched the first season in 2019, Rain Room continues to be our most ambitious curation to date, a highlight in the Jackalope Art Collection,” said Li. “I’ve experienced Rain Room countless times and I never grow tired of it. It is completely immersive and allows you to remove yourself from the outside world for a brief period, engaging in a visceral and emotive experience.”
Enter the darkened space and navigate your way through the torrential downpour. Motion sensors will be there, tracking your movements, and helping you stay nice and dry.
This season, you can enhance your experience with an exclusive Rain Cake from Black Star Pastry. This St Kilda eatery is located directly below Rain Room. While the Rain Room uses your senses of sight, touch and sound, the Rain Cake completes the sensory feast with smell and taste.
There will also be special sessions for children under the age of 12. While kids are welcome to attend at any time, these family-friendly sessions provide a more interactive and fun format for the little ones.
Rain Room is open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 10am until late.