Colin Selig

Sculpture + Site Furnishings

Public Art

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

2017     Los Alamos Community Center courtyard, NM  (upcoming)

2017     Napa Art Walk, Napa, CA

2017     Le Bonheur Children's Hospital entrance patios, Memphis, TN

2016     Palo Alto University Avenue streetscape locations, CA

2016     Marathon Courthouse courtyard, Monroe County, FL

2016     State Hwy. 62 streetscape locations, 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     Urban Pop Up Park, Morgan Hill, CA

2014     Neiman Marcus Stores: Beverly Hills, St. Louis, Washington, Northbrook,

               White Plains, San Diego, Short Hills, Paramus, Troy & Scottsdale

2014     Lafayette Circle streetscape, Lafayette, CA

2013     Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA

2013     Neiman Marcus Stores: Chicago, Dallas, Walnut Creek

2013     Medway Propane, Medway, MA

2012     Cornerstone Sonoma, Sonoma, CA

2011     City Hall of Walnut Creek, CA


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  


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

2017     Utility patent allowed for issuance: Method for making seating from pressure vessels


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

1986     Apprenticeship, Motor Sport Service, Jamestown, NY

1989     Apprenticeship, Michio Ihara, Concord, MA


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, which have won national and international awards for their aesthetic, technical, and innovative qualities.  I received 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.  Committed to a sustainable lifestyle, I reside and work in an intentional community in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Selected Press & Blogs

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, 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