As of last Friday, Rain: Magdalena Fernandez at the Houston Cistern, has taken up residence in the almost 90,000 square foot space, filling it with glittering light and a rain-inspired soundtrack. We were able to get a sneak peek to share with you!

Built in 1926, the Cistern served as Houston’s water reservoir until an unfixable leak was found and it was decommissioned in 2007. It was scheduled for demolition when the Buffalo Bayou Partnership discovered it and worked with the city of Houston to take over the space.

The two minute video has been projected on walls around the world, and became part of the MFAH permanent collection a few years ago. The video is shown along with an acoustic soundtrack edited by Fernandez to sound like falling rain. The soundtrack features members of the Slovenian a capella choir Petruum Jazille.

In coordination with the MFAH and the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, the installation will run until early June. To purchase tickets (free admission every Thursday!), visit Buffalo Bayou Partnership. The Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern is located at 105 Sabine Street, Houston, TX 77008.

Emily Westbrooks


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