Known to many as the culture capital of Australia, Melbourne is a hub for all things arty and experiential. This August sees the premier of a monumental creative installation, never before seen in the City.

Having drawn over half a million visitors across LA, New York, Shanghai and London, the globally significant work has now arrived to the Jackalope Pavilion in St. Kilda. Here’s what you need to know!

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So, What is This Rain Room Exhibition?

Random International’s 100m² indoor art project mimics the fall of rain. However unlike most wintry days in Melbourne, as you immerse yourself in the storm, you don’t get wet. Sounds extremely cool and Instagram-worthy, right?

The Rain Room seeks to explore how relationships between humans and nature are increasingly mediated through technology. It’s a thought-provoking piece engaging all the sense, that uses you as an integral part of the artwork.

The piece has been purchased by hotelier and arts patron Louis Li for his Jackalope Arts Collection, bringing one of the world’s most intriguing contemporary works to reside in Australia.

Suitable for all ages, it seems like a great activity to experience whilst exploring the well-loved backpacker district of St Kilda.

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How Does it Work?

As you walk through the continuous rainfall, overhead motion sensors respond to your movements, ceasing to fall wherever you may navigate in the space.

The atmospheric, dimly lit sensory room allows you to experience the euphoria of millions of drops of water falling whilst allowing you to remain dry and control a phenomenon usually enforced by nature.

Here’s a sneak peek of what it’s like!


How Can I Go?

Melbourne’s rain room opens on 9th August 2019, however tickets are available to purchase now via Ticketek. For more information about the showcase, check out the Jackalope Hotel website. Although there is no official end date for this exhibition – it won’t be around for long.

The Rain Room is open 7 days a week 10am – 6pm and open late until 9pm Thursday – Sundays. Tickets for the exhibition are sold in 20 minute blocks but you will need to arrive early to put your possessions in the provided lockers.

Umbrellas are of course unnecessary!