Artists build house where it rains inside

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Nicolai Lorenzen photo

Australian art/design collective The Glue Society built a house where it rains inside. Continuously. It reminds me of San Francisco's kitsch equivalent, The Tonga Room tiki bar in which there are regularly-scheduled rainstorms over the artificial lagoon. More photos over at Hi-Fructose. The Glue Society's "I Wish You Hadn't Asked"


    1. Amen. Any place where the drinks come in giant bowls with community straws is a treasure.

  1. They could’ve just rented my apt. in Brooklyn. I’m moving out because it rains inside.

  2. In college, we just called it home.

    Although in our case, the rain paradoxically came in on the second floor, but not the third. But then again, the dead, frozen raccoon carcass also fell out from between the second and third floors, so it sort of all makes sense.

  3. They built a house, to let it rot. Because yanno, it wouldn’t have benefited some homeless person. I’m all for art but waste doesn’t sit well.

  4. Nah you wouldn’t get much mold. At least not in areas where it’s continually getting wet.

    Depending on what they made it out of it’ll probably last the month, but either way you are going to have to destroy it.

    -I wonder if it has water reclaim capabilities? That seems even more wasteful.

  5. Up North on our Native reserves, this is nothing new. In fact, in some houses, you can actually take a dump in the corner and no one minds.

    Not joking, 4 solid walls and a sheet of plastic is a far, far better deal than what they’ve got now.

  6. The pic of the TP roll begs to differ with you. The inside of the furniture, the underside upholstered furniture and the bottom of the rugs will be absolute havens of nasty. I’m most flabbergasted that people are walking through this place *without* shoes.

    *shivers with moldy heebie jeebies*

  7. that’s about as useful and artistic as cosmetically-applied whiteheads (but who knows where body alteration will go with the youth of tomorrow)

  8. I used to own an old home that had a stone foundation and an unfinished basement. I frequently got stressed-out at the site of dampness in the corners of the basement after several days of heavy rain (even though it is common for old houses like that). The photos of the rain house got my heart beating a little faster, just like old times.

  9. It reminds me of most of the places that I lived in SF. At least water from the ceiling is better than raccoon pee.

  10. Man, change the context and people get all pissy and moany about the stupidest stuff. If the exact same materials and resources were put into a non-house-shaped piece of art, would you be complaining the same? Then don’t complain about this. Sigh.

    1. Current estimate for the cost of the marble to carve Michaelangelo’s David is in excess of $30,000. That doesn’t even take into account the number of useful tools he could have carved in the amount of time take to create this waste of time and material.

    2. Man, change the context and people get all pissy and moany about the stupidest stuff.

      They’re just concern trolling, probably blowing off steam so they don’t go postal at work. Best not to feed them. Remember, if their misery colonizes you, they’re memetic disease wins.

  11. Do they serve Raintinis at the Tonga room?

    I wonder if they built houses like these in Seattle, would it upset the time-space continuum sufficiently such that it would STOP raining OUTSIDE?

  12. For another positive rainy experience in SF, go to the tea house in the Japanese Tea Garden when it’s pouring. You’ll be the only customer, and you can sit and drink tea and watch the rain. Also great for sketching.

  13. Next up, a house that is always too cold or too hot, a house infested with malaria-laden mosquitoes, and a house containing numerous hungry carnivorous predators.

    An interesting art project would be an opulent mansion where each room is an excellent example of indoor living, save one ever-present and overwhelming example of an outdoor element that is a reason we create indoor spaces.

    An icy room, a sweltering room, a room full of thorns and burrs, a room of snakes, spiders and rodents, etc.

  14. Pfft, Sydney busses have been raining on the inside for years. I’ve had at least half a dozen bus trips where I’ve resorted to putting up my umbrella inside. Yes, seriously.

    1. At one time, there were some New York commuter trains that rained on the inside. A few inches of water would accumulate inside the train and slosh around on the floor, so you had to wait for the train to go around a corner (thus tilting and clearing the aisle of water) to walk to/from your seat. Once there you would put your feet up to stay dry.

      Now, THAT would be art.

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