Colin Selig

Sculpture + Site Furnishings

My artwork is a synthesis of sculpture and sustainable design. I work exclusively with used materials and have developed a unique process to repurpose salvage propane tanks into sculpture and functional site amenities.

My aesthetic is modern, abstract and organic, with a sense of whimsy. My compositions range from human scaled, biomorphic sculptures to seating designs which are 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.  The process begins 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 has a dramatically smaller carbon footprint than recycling because the source material is reused in it’s current form.  Upon completion each work contains 99% post consumer reused content, making my site furnishings among 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 volume production in mind.  I have a utility patent to protect my process and have been granted a series of design patents.  

The whimsy in my work engages people of all ages and backgrounds while its durability and ecological message make it ideal for the public realm.  I'm focused on the built environment in order to create more sustainable and livable public spaces.  My hope is to inspire others to consider new possibilities for reusing materials and help conserve our planet's natural resources.