Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi—the Ruler of Sharjah and Supreme Council Member on Sunday inaugurated the “Rain Room” in the presence of the President of Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF)—Sheikh Hoor bint Sultan Al Qasimi.
The room has been designed and created by the Sharjah Art Foundation as a debut of the Middle East. The Rain Room is a building that is permanently present in the Al Majarah, near to the Buhaira Corniche in Sharjah. It is a site-specific installation that is designed by Random International for providing a deep experience of continuous rainfall.
When tourists or visitors enter the room, they are instructed to navigate relying on their intuitions and to carefully walk through the dark underground space for protecting themselves from the downpour. As the visitors walk through the room, which makes use of 1,200 litres of self-cleaning, recycled water, their movement triggers the motion sensors that pauses the rainfall when any movements are detected.
The ruler of Sharjah during the inauguration ceremony was accompanied by many notables. They all paid a tour to the Rain Room building where they were explained briefly regarding the working mechanism of the Rain Room. After which the newly built room was inaugurated by the Ruler of Sharjah through walking in the rain.
Rain Room is constructed on an area of 1460 square meters and is very simple in design. The concept of Rain Room was introduced back in the year 2012 at The Curve, Barbican, London and then it was presented in 2013 in New York at the Museum of Modern Art, then in Shanghai in 2015 at the Yuz Museum and then at Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the year 2015-2017.
The Rain Room is now permanently and exclusively present in the Middle East via the efforts of Sharjah Art Foundation.