Pay­ing to stand in rain you can’t touch

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI -

wa­ter pour­ing down from the ceil­ing but as they make their way fur­ther into the space, sen­sors and cam­eras cap­ture their pres­ence and en­sure that the “rain” stops wher­ever they are. The in­stal­la­tion has been very well re­ceived in ex­hi­bi­tions in Lon­don and New York. The 150 square me­ter room in Shang­hai is sig­nif­i­cantly larger than those at pre­vi­ous shows.

Budi Tek, the In­done­sian Chi­nese owner of the Yuz Mu­seum, is an avid col­lec­tor of con­tem­po­rary art and he de­cided to in­tro­duce the art work to China largely be­cause he iden­ti­fied with the idea be­hind it.

“Save the wa­ter, save the world,” he said, be­fore re­fer­ring to how cli­mate change has brought floods to parts of the world and se­vere drought to oth­ers.

“You’re stand­ing in the room, sur­rounded by the rain. But when you reach out to touch

PHOTOS BY GAO ERQIANG / CHINA DAILY

Rain Room by artists Ran­dom In­ter­na­tional has made its Asian pre­miere in Shang­hai.

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