ARTS & CULTURE
07/31/2013 08:24 am ET Updated Jul 31, 2013

Sou Fujimoto's Lightning Pavilion: Could It Be The Next Rain Room? (VIDEO)

New Yorkers are likely feeling the pangs of withdrawal after the much fussed about installation, "Rain Room," left the city last weekend. The dazzling MoMA project dropped 2500 liters of falling water per minute on awe-struck visitors beginning in May of this year, only to, well, dry up two-and-a-half-months later.

If you're one of many mourners relenting the departure of an art exhibit that prompted up to six-hour lines, we might have something to satiate your needs. It's what we'd like to call a "Lightning Room" and you'll just have to venture to London's Serpentine Gallery to see it.

The installation was imagined by Sou Fujimoto, the Japanese architect chosen to design the museum's 2013 Pavilion. Made from a series of 20mm steel poles, the work of latticed metal takes up nearly 3,800 square feet, making it a visual feast in its own right.

But the real magic comes courtesy of United Visual Artists. The group added a plethora of flashing LED lights that mimic the effects of a natural lightning storm, writes Wired. Accompanied by a soundtrack of sampled noises from electrical plants and other bizarre sources, the mixture of sound and sight result in an artificial thunderstorm experience that -- like the beloved Rain Room -- keeps you dry the whole time.

Watch the video above and let us know your thoughts on the Fujimoto/UVA creation in the comments.

EARLIER ON HUFFPOST:

  • Random International. Rain Room. Installation view at The Museum of Modern Art, as part of MoMA PS1's EXPO 1: New York, 2013. Photo: Charles Roussel.
  • Random International. Rain Room. Installation view at The Museum of Modern Art, as part of MoMA PS1's EXPO 1: New York, 2013. Photo: Charles Roussel.
  • Random International. Rain Room. Installation view at The Museum of Modern Art, as part of MoMA PS1's EXPO 1: New York, 2013. Photo: Charles Roussel.
  • Random International. Rain Room. Installation view at The Museum of Modern Art, as part of MoMA PS1's EXPO 1: New York, 2013. Photo: Charles Roussel.
  • Random International. Rain Room. Installation view at The Museum of Modern Art, as part of MoMA PS1's EXPO 1: New York, 2013. Photo: Charles Roussel.
  • Random International. Rain Room. Installation view at The Museum of Modern Art, as part of MoMA PS1's EXPO 1: New York, 2013. Photo: Charles Roussel.
  • Random International. Rain Room. Installation view at The Museum of Modern Art, as part of MoMA PS1's EXPO 1: New York, 2013. Photo: Charles Roussel.
  • Random International. Rain Room. Installation view at The Museum of Modern Art, as part of MoMA PS1's EXPO 1: New York, 2013. Photo: Charles Roussel.
  • Random International. Rain Room. Installation view at The Museum of Modern Art, as part of MoMA PS1's EXPO 1: New York, 2013. Photo: Charles Roussel.

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