The sun-baked city of Kaohsiung experienced a brief respite from the heat last July when a “rainstorm” of water-filled condoms touched down for two nights. The surreal sight of 2,500 glowing raindrop-shaped condoms was the work of none other than Madrid-based arts collective Luzinterruptus as part of their Rain Interactive series. The ephemeral art installation was commissioned by Pier-2 Art Center to bring attention to the importance and necessity of water.
Famous for arts activism, Luzinterruptus often uses recycled or unconventional materials in large-scale installations to protest environmental and social issues, from pollution to poor health care. Their latest piece in Kaohsiung, Taiwan is the third installment of its Rain Interactive series, which previously popped up in Madrid and London. As with former iterations, this year’s sculpture was created with extra-large and extra-strength condoms filled with blue-dyed water and small autonomous light bulbs that allowed the raindrop-shaped prophylactics to glow from within.
“As in previous occasions, we wanted to bring attention to the real value of water, this time in a country that has suffered severe droughts and whose agriculture strongly depends on irrigation,” says Luzinterruptus. The installation was hung in two exterior hallways at the Pier-2 Art Center and passersby were invited to play with and touch the oversized blue droplets, which the designers compared to “the shape and touch of silicone breasts.” Over 20 volunteers helped assemble the installation in two weeks. Rain Interactive stayed on-site for two nights.
Images by Lola Martinez