Colin Selig

Sculpture + Site Furnishings

Public and Commercial Art

2018     Interstate 244 pedestrian overlook, Tulsa, OK  (upcoming)

2018     Gastro pub entrance patio, Grand Prairie, TX

2018     Lincoln Square shopping center, Oakland, CA

2017     Los Alamos Teen Center, NM

2017     Napa Art Walk, Napa, CA

2017     Children's hospital entrance patios, Memphis, TN

2017     Cambria streetscape, CA

2016     Palo Alto University Avenue streetscape, CA

2016     Marathon Courthouse courtyard, Monroe County, FL

2016     Rural State Hwy. 62 streetscape, Ridgway, CO

2016     Public library entrance patio, Moraga, CA

2015     Theatre Square streetscape & Community Center plaza, Orinda, CA

2015     Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Walnut Creek, CA

2015     Silicone Valley pop up park, Morgan Hill, CA

2014     Neiman Marcus stores: Beverly Hills, St. Louis, Washington, Northbrook, Walnut Creek,

               Chicago, Dallas, White Plains, San Diego, Short Hills, Paramus, Troy, and Scottsdale.

2012     Cornerstone Sonoma, Sonoma, CA

2011     City Hall lobby, Walnut Creek, CA



Awards

2012     American Society of Landscape Architects, Most Interesting Products Award - People's Choice

2012     Smithsonian Craft Show, Exhibitors’ Choice Gold Award

2011     Core77 Design Awards (international), Runner Up, DIY category

2012     Spark Design Awards (international), Spark:Concept Finalist  

2013     Eco Arts Awards (international), Second Place, Repurposed Materials in Art & Design  



Patents

2013     US D 683,146         Design patent: Propane tank bench

2013     US D 683,147         Design patent: Propane tank chaise bench

2013     US D 683,148         Design patent: Propane tank lips bench

2014     US D 716,572         Design patent: Propane tank asymmetric backless bench

2015     US D 721,237         Design patent: Propane tank club chair

2018     US 9,901,178 B2     Utility patent: Methods for making seating from pressure vessels.



Education

1987     B.A., Philosophy, Tufts University, Medford, MA

1986     Apprenticeship, Motor Sport Service, Jamestown, NY

1989     Apprenticeship, Michio Ihara, Concord, MA



Bio

Raised in an ecologically conscious household, I learned the importance of conserving our planet’s resources from an early age, although my parents had mixed emotions when I took their message to heart and searched through our neighbors’ garbage on my way home from elementary school retrieving appliances and furniture to repair.  I studied metal sculpting at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston while earning a degree in Philosophy from Tufts University in 1987.  My education from that time included apprenticeships with a machinist, a race car fabricator, and a public art sculptor.  In the next couple of decades I continued to master my craft, restoring a variety of antique vehicles before focusing on sculpting.  I have been granted a series of patents for my designs and have won national and international awards for their aesthetic, technical, and innovative qualities including the Exhibitor’s Choice Gold Award at the Smithsonian Craft Show and the Most Interesting Products Award at the American Society of Landscape Architects national expo.  I reside and have my studio within an intentional community in the San Francisco Bay Area where a progressive milieu and bucolic environment provide not only the context for my creativity to flourish but a model for a sustainable ecological, economic and social existence.



Selected Press & Blogs

The Los Alamos Monitor, "Reused materials light the way for teens", May 25, 2018

Smithsonian Magazine, “Thinking About Tanks at the Smithsonian Craft Show,” artist interview, April 18, 2012

San Jose Mercury News “Tanks for the comfy seating,” artist interview, November 23, 2012

Hampton’s Magazine, Artist Interview, Memorial Day issue 2014, p. 150

Walnut Creek Magazine, "Liquid Waves," artist interview, Sept./Oct. issue, 2015

San Francisco Examiner, “New West Coast Design 2” exhibit review, Jan. 2, 2014

Farm Show Magazine, artist interview, March 2013 issue

inhabitat, May 21, 2013

coolthings.com, May 28, 2013

contemporist, May 31, 2013   



Critical Response


“The massive, upcycled Propane Tank Club Chair by Colin Selig is bubbly, curvaceous and looks like something from a James Bond film.”

     

-San Francisco Examiner, 2/2/14




“Whether referencing Salvador Dali's "Mae West" sofa with bold, ruby-red "lip" benches, or boggling the mind of the best engineers with stunning, continuous-piece asymmetrical chairs, Selig has full command of his craft.”  

    

-San Jose Mercury News, 11/23/12




“People were a little 'shocked' in a good way, as it is really different than anything else around in the major design period between Maison & Objet and Paris Design Week.  So it really stood apart, which is an amazing accomplishment in a high density period of product presentation.  The chair was also VERY comfortable and extremely well made. ”  


-Melissa Regan, owner

Galerie Joseph, Paris, 10/15/13

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