Colin Selig

Sculpture + Sustainable Design

My work is a synthesis of sculpture and sustainable design.  I have developed a unique process to repurpose salvage propane tanks into whimsical, comfortable, durable and eco-friendly seating, sculpture, planters and bollards.  My work is modern and organic, exploring curve in line and form.  My designs range from abstract compositions to contemporary riffs on iconic furniture from past eras, including Victorian and Mid Century modern.  


The production of my work is extremely eco-friendly from start to finish.  I begin with regionally sourced scrap metal tanks, which are an abundant and sustainable material due to strict regulations limiting their service life.  Next I carefully dissect the tanks and reassemble the pieces, while doing no additional reshaping of the material.  Repurposing, or upcycing, is a process which has a much smaller carbon footprint than recycling because the source material is reused in it’s current form.  Upon completion each of my pieces contain 99% post consumer reused content.  My site furnishings are the greenest available in the market.


I have done extensive research to ensure the comfort of my seats.  After trials with numerous test subjects an ideal relative position of curved seat to curved backrest was determined which provides good lumbar support for a wide range of body sizes.  The combination of curved seat and backrest allows smaller bodies to slip slightly further back and down into the seat and receive good lumbar support.  This arrangement provides an ergonomic advantage over traditional benches with flat seats.  


I consider many of my functional designs to be prototypes created with mass production in mind.  I have been granted a series of design patents and have a utility patent pending to protect my concept.  My process could easily be automated allowing certain designs to be produced in volume, a possibility due to an unlimited supply of source material.  


My work engages people of all ages and backgrounds.  Its durability, humor and inherent ecological message make them ideal for the public realm.  I am focused on the built environment in order to create more sustainable and livable public spaces.  I am motivated by a personal passion to make art that not only blends form with function but is ecologically responsible as well.  My hope is to inspire others to consider new possibilities for reusing materials and help conserve our planet's natural resources.

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