When it took up residence at New York's Museum of Modern Art in 2013, Random International's immersive, ethereal installation Rain Room generated hours-long lines throughout its season.
In a darkened, 100-square-metre space, visitors step into a field of continuous rainfall – millions of water droplets that react to the audience's presence. The rain stops whenever movement is detected: you're fully immersed in a shower at the same time as you're shielded from it.
More than 500,000 people have seen Rain Room in London (at The Barbican in 2012), Shanghai (at the YUZ Foundation in 2015), Los Angeles (at LACMA in 2017) and at MoMA in New York.
Now the artwork is coming to Melbourne courtesy of hotelier and arts patron Louis Li. The owner of Mornington Peninsula designer hotel Jackalope (and its city sibling, to open in 2022) has bought the installation for his Jackalope Art Collection, bringing one of the world's most famous contemporary works to live in Australia.
Presented in association with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Rain Room will premiere in Melbourne in August. The initial season was due to run until September 30, but because of high demand for tickets it has been extended to the end of January, 2020.
It will eventually be in Li's ambitious Flinders Lane hotel, but for its first season will reside in a purpose-built pavilion (designed by acclaimed architecture practice March Studio) on a rooftop in St Kilda. More information here.
Sun to Wed 10am–6pm
Thu to Sat 10am–9pm.
The installation will be closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Tickets for November to January go on sale at 1pm on Wednesday October 3. Pre-sale tickets will be available from Tuesday October 1.
This article was updated on September 19 to reflect the extended season dates.