Rainworks: Rain-Activated Art at the Eskenazi Museum of Art

In August, the Eskenazi Museum of Art will welcome Peregrine Church and Xack Fischer, artists and founders of Rainworks, an initiative of "rain-activated artwork, designed to make a rainy day better." Employing a super-hydrophobic substance sprayed through a stencil onto pavement or concrete, Rainworks creates images that are completely invisible when dry, but re-appear when wet. The project began in Church's hometown of Seattle, and received national attention after he launched a video about the project on Facebook that subsequently went viral. 

rainworks stay dry out there

Church will visit Indiana University and Bloomington August 16-26. During that time, he will install a large Rainwork in front of the museum. The official unveiling will take place at the museum's CultureFest After-Party on Thursday, August 18. IU Contemporary Dance will perform a rain dance before the unveiling. The event is free and open to the public. Church will also lead a workshop on how to produce a Rainwork at the IU School of Fine Arts on Thursday, August 25. The workshop is also free and open to the public, but space is limited. The museum has also partnered with Monroe County Public Library, and their teen space, The Ground Floor, to offer an additional Rainwork workshop for teens. To find out about other Rainwork activities, check the museum's website. You can also follow individual Rainworks around campus and Bloomington on the Rainworks website, where an interactive map charts their creation across the country. 

rainworks welcome home

After raising $50,000 through a successful Kick-Starter campaign, Church and his business partners have worked to perfect the super-hydrophobic spray and is now selling it as Rainworks Invisible Spray. The museum will have a limited supply of Invisible Spray available for members of the community who are interested in making a Rainwork. For more information please contact Abe Morris, Manager of Public Relations and Marketing, at abamorri@iu.edu. The spray will also be available for purchase at Angles, the museum's gift shop, or through the Rainworks website

We hope Rainworks can be an art project that the entire Bloomington community embraces, a gift to you as the museum celebrates its 75th birthday this year. Please contact us with any questions. 

Rainworks at the Eskenazi Museum of Art is made possible in part by the generous support of Linda Watson. 

Images courtesy of Rainworks.