Rain Room Will Now Be in LACMA’s Collection—Forever

In cities with wetter climates, storms are cautiously observed through windows. In droughty Los Angeles (although not that droughty anymooooore!), they’re ogled in a museum. Rain Room, an exhibition that simulates a rainstorm indoors a la Rainforest Cafe (only better), debuted at LACMA on November 1, 2015. Hordes lined up to walk through the immersive high-tech installation, which allowed up to seven people at a time to stand under a 1,000-square-foot deluge without getting wet. The sorcery is the work of British studio rAndom International, who use motion sensors and 3-D tracking cameras to stop the flow of water whenever a human body is detected.

Rain Room had a solid run, closing its doors on January 22 of this year. If you’re not one of the nearly 190,000 people who scored a ticket, though, we’ve got good news: turns out Restoration Hardware (who originally commissioned the piece from rAndom International) has gifted the installation to LACMA, meaning it will forevermore be part of the museum’s permanent collection (no news yet as to when it will reopen). Sarcastic #thirsty selfies for all! Here’s a little inspo to tide you over until your visit: learn more

Chris Alexakiswater art, art, water