In Japan, rain chains have been used for centuries as a device for directing rainwater runoff; they produce a musical cascade of water that empties either into a rainwater receptacle or a drainage bed.
Above: In a project by LiD Architecture, rainwater is siphoned into a small pool inset in a stone-paved deck area (also note the lettuce garden).
Above: The Copper Oval Loop Rain Chair is $16.40 per linear foot at Rain Chains.
Above: Rain Chain Installation Kit; $14.95 at Rain Chains.
N.B.: This is an update of a post published June 25, 2010.