'Rain Room' at MoMA - New York News

'Rain Room' at MoMA

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

The sun may be shining outside, but inside a peculiar cube on West 54th Street in Manhattan it's pouring.

"I brought my hat so just in case I did get wet, I could cover," said one visitor.

But hats need not apply at the "Rain Room" exhibit at the museum of modern art unless you're running around quickly.

"We got a little wet, but then we learned that you need to put your arm out to slow it down," one woman said.

This is an immersing rain fall that allows you to stand in the rain without getting wet. Sensors detect your position and stop the rain when you're coming through.

"We've given the installation eyes, basically it recognizes that you're in it and then it switches off the rain above you," said Hannes Koch, the artist. He said the greatest payoff is seeing the reaction of the guests who walk through it.

"It's often a smile, it's contemplation, and it's amazement that they can control the weather or seemingly control the weather around them," he said.

One visitor told Fox 5: "It's just surrounding us, it's just beautiful, it's like being God."

The exhibit is open through July 28.

  • Manhattan NewsManhattan NewsMore>>

  • Subway bedbug infestations on the rise

    Subway bedbug infestations on the rise

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:48 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:48:09 GMT
    It appears the subway bedbug problem we've been reporting is getting worse. Commuters already have to contend with sweltering platforms, scurrying rats and packed train cars, and now there's another transit woe: fear of bedbugs.
    It appears the subway bedbug problem we've been reporting is getting worse. Commuters already have to contend with sweltering platforms, scurrying rats and packed train cars, and now there's another transit woe: fear of bedbugs.
  • New MTA bus routes take effect

    New MTA bus routes take effect

    Monday, September 1 2014 1:09 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:09:54 GMT
    MTAMTA
    The MTA has new bus routes throughout the 5 boroughs. 
    The MTA has new bus routes throughout the 5 boroughs. 
  • 3 hurt in lightning strike as storms batter NYC area

    3 hurt in lightning strike as storms batter NYC area

    Sunday, August 31 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-09-01 01:47:41 GMT
    Heavy thunderstorms swept through the tri-state on Sunday causing flash floods and lightning strikes that injured 3 people. The three men were struck at Orchard Beach in the Bronx Sunday afternoon and were being treated at a local hospital. Meanwhile, various Labor Day weekend celebrations were interrupted, delayed and even canceled as the U.S. Open tennis tournament had to be postponed and the Electric Zoo musical festival on Randall's Island had to be prematurely shut down.
    Heavy thunderstorms swept through the tri-state on Sunday causing flash floods and lightning strikes that injured 3 people. The three men were struck at Orchard Beach in the Bronx Sunday afternoon and were being treated at a local hospital. Meanwhile, various Labor Day weekend celebrations were interrupted, delayed and even canceled as the U.S. Open tennis tournament had to be postponed and the Electric Zoo musical festival on Randall's Island had to be prematurely shut down.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices