Tactile Formation is a participatory architectural sculpture and performance series that draws together the interior design and functionality of health clinics, spas, and medical centers. In bringing the institutionalized health aesthetic outdoors, Tactile Formation blurs the separation between the interior and exterior realms and the divide between private and public action. This hybridized environment invites viewers to interact with McLain’s work by walking on, lying under, and grabbing onto different elements of her piece. To guide and prompt these interactions the artist is organizing accompanying performances, in which acrobats and masseurs will perform a series of choreographed movements that engage the sculpture and audience directly.

For more information on this artist, see Melanie McLain’s Artist Profile