Colin Selig

Sculpture + Sustainable Design

The City of Palo Alto’s Public Art Program, in partnership with the Dept. of Public Works and the Downtown Business and Professional Improvement Assoc., launched a creative seating pilot for three sites along University Avenue, at the intersections of Emerson, Bryant and Waverly.

“The Public Art Program is thrilled to bring Selig’s whimsical and environmentally sensitive seating elements to downtown Palo Alto for a trial run. The public has voiced a desire for something unexpected and different, and we hope that the businesses and the public will enjoy Selig’s work”, said Public Art Program Manager Elise DeMarzo.

Public feedback since installation:

"Dear Editor:  My Husband and I love the Colin Selig benches at Bryant Street and University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto.  They are fun and comfortable.  We vote to make them permanent.  This is pubic art at its best."

     Gail Justman, Palo Alto

     Daily Post, May 5, 2016

"These benches are absolutely, positively FABULOUS!!  Palo Alto has moved into the new world!!"

     email to the Public Art Dept.



The City of Orinda’s Art in Public Places Committee worked with community members and the artist to select seven seats in a range of designs and colors for specific locations within the city streetscape where people gather, including these locations in Theatre Square along Moraga Ave. Two of the seats were installed at right angles to one another to create a sense of place.




This artist initiated exhibition, in collaboration with the Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts and The City of Walnut Creek, featured five seats temporarily installed at various civic locations including this asymmetric love seat along Civic Drive.