Sometimes I Also Love it When it Rains
by Joel Reider
Sometimes I Also Love it When it Rains is an immersive gallery installation that invites visitors to reflect on how they feel when it rains. Created by Boston Children’s Museum’s Senior Exhibit Designer, Joel Reider, the exhibit conjures the contemplative, introspective, and joyful emotions we might unexpectedly associate with rainy weather.
Upon entering the exhibit environment, sensory stimuli (audio, visual, and tactile) suggest and recall actual experiences with rain. Visitors are prompted to recognize the many positive, though possibly surprising, associations everyone has: the transportive power of watching rain fall across a landscape; the surrender and release of being thoroughly drenched by a downpour; the absolute glee of splashing in a puddle; the fertile imaginative terrain defined by the hazy contours of a rain-filled sky. On reflection, visitors may discover their response to surroundings can shift unexpectedly and is never really fixed.
Museum visitors will navigate a short zig-zagging path through curtains of material that suggest sheets of rain. At the end of this path, there is an open area with a bench where a loop shows video and still imagery and an audio track plays atmospheric sounds of rain along with recordings of people sharing impressions, feelings, and stories about rain. On either side of the projection screen, there are blackboard painted walls with chalk for visitors to share their thoughts and drawings. There will also be simple percussive instruments for making rain-like sounds.