Colin Selig

Sculpture + Site Furnishings

My artwork explores the boundary between sculpture and sustainable design. The objects I create range from benches and other site furnishings to human-scaled biomorphic sculptures. My aesthetic is modern, abstract and organic, with a sense of whimsy.  

I work exclusively with used materials and have developed a patented process to repurpose salvage propane tanks, which are a readily available source of pre-curved steel. The production of my work is extremely eco-friendly from start to finish. The process begins with regionally sourced tanks, an abundant and sustainable material due to strict regulations limiting their service life. 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 its current form. Upon completion each object I create contains 99% post consumer reused content. My site furnishings are among the greenest available anywhere.

I have done extensive research to ensure the comfort of my seats. The combination of curved seat and curved backrest provides good lumbar support for a wide range of body sizes, 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. Along with a utility patent I have been granted a series of design patents.  

The whimsy in my work engages people of all ages and backgrounds while its durability and inherent 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 to help conserve our planet's natural resources.