The first phase of Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF)’s reopening is underway, including our favourite, the Rain Room.
The Rain Room Sharjah installation, which made its debut at London’s Barbican Centre in 2012, and has since travelled to New York, Los Angeles and Shanghai, allows visitors to pass through a torrent of water but remain dry, thanks to motion sensors, which detect movement and cause the rain to stop.
It will be open to the public daily from 4pm-9pm on Fridays and 9am-9pm on Saturdays to Thursdays.
Also to re-open with the same timings are the gallery spaces for the foundation’s current exhibition, Art in the Age of Anxiety, which explores the ways in which everyday devices, technologies and digital networks have altered our collective consciousness.
To keep everyone safe, the foundation has created an online booking system so visitors can schedule a time slot ahead of their arrival in Sharjah.
Visits to the Rain Room Sharjah have a 15-minute time limit and it can accommodate a maximum of five guests per viewing.
Visits to the show, Art in the Age of Anxiety, in the foundation’s Al Mureijah Art Spaces and Al Mureijah Square, are limited to 45 minutes per person.
SAF acquired an edition of the Rain Room in 2013 and spent the past five years focusing on the engineering and architectural components to make the first permanent installation of it in the world possible.
It uses around 1,200 litres of self-cleaning, recycled water which, to put in perspective, is less water than it takes to make a regular hamburger in a fast-food restaurant.