One step closer into the unknown. A step that requires unconditional trust. My foot reaches the area of seemingly uncontrollable downpour. A dense curtain of water I’ve grown up to avoid. My entire life I’ve learned that stepping into the rain will get me wet. It’s a sensation I know to avoid unless I’m drunk or hopelessly in love. Or both. Yet at this moment nothing happens to me and like magic the rain stops precisely above my head. I’m walking toward the light and before I know it, I’m standing in the middle of the room, surrounded by rain, completely dry.
The Rain Room at LACMA, created by Random International, is an amazing experience that detects the human body, and stops the rain just in the area a person is standing. It’s hard to describe, which is why I strongly recommend you try it yourself.
Text and photography by Mike Zwahlen.
Mike Zwahlen works for Google and moonlights as a writer and photographer. He is the co-founder and Creative Director of Elusive Magazine and lives in Los Angeles, California.