LACMA's 'Rain Room' Turns Purple in Honor of Prince

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On Friday, the art museum added a purple hue to the immersive environment at the request of artists Random International.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art paid tribute to Prince Friday by turning its Rain Room purple.

A day after the legendary R&B/pop singer's passing at his studio in Minnesota, LACMA added a purple hue to the Rain Room at the request of the artist collective, Random International, behind the installation.

"Dear @LACMA please make the rain purple tomorrow. RIP Prince," Random International tweeted Thursday, to which LACMA replied: "Dear @rAndomHQ, it's your call—you created #RainRoom after all. Tomorrow, LACMA will have #PurpleRain in memory of Prince."

"In memory of Prince, @randominternational artists decided to make Rain Room purple at LACMA today!" the museum revealed in an Instagram post on Friday. " 'I only want to see you laughing in the purple rain' #RIPPrince — see our tribute to the pop legend on Snapchat," LACMA penned in the caption of another photo, quoting the lyrics of the late musician.

A museum representative told THR of the tribute, "In memory of Prince, Random International and LACMA felt this gesture was a fitting tribute to celebrate the life and work of a groundbreaking artist."

Prince's 1984 single "Purple Rain" includes the lyrics "Purple rain, purple rain, I only wanted to see you bathing in the purple rain."

Designed by Random International in 2012, the installation is described on LACMA's website as "an immersive environment of perpetually falling water that pauses wherever a human body is detected. The installation offers visitors an opportunity to experience what is seemingly impossible: the ability to control rain. Rain Room presents a respite from everyday life and an opportunity for sensory reflection within a responsive relationship." Rain Room was originally commissioned by RH, Restoration Hardware CEO Gary Friedman and is on display at LACMA courtesy of RH and RH Contemporary Art.

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