Colin Selig

Sculpture + Site Furnishings

My sculpting practice is focused on creating eco-friendly site elements for public spaces that range from functional seating to biomorphic sculpture. My work is pedestrian scaled and intended to be enjoyed tactilely as well as visually. My seating designs include contemporary riffs on furniture from Victorian and Mid Century eras as well as abstract compositions with more organic forms. My sculptures are whimsical and climbable, inviting interaction from people of all ages.

Committed to sustainable design practices, I work exclusively with used materials and have developed a unique method of repurposing salvage propane tanks, a readily available source of pre-curved steel. The large tanks are carefully dissected and the pieces reassembled, with no additional reshaping of the material, a process with a minimal carbon footprint that produces objects which contain 99% post-consumer reused content.  My work is extremely green.

I have completed numerous commissions across the US for streetscapes, public parks and plazas, municipal buildings, hospitals and commercial properties.  My work has been honored with national awards for its innovative and technical qualities including the ‘Most Interesting Products Award’ from the American Society of Landscape Architects and the ‘Exhibitor’s Choice Gold Award’ at the Smithsonian Craft Show. I have also been granted a series of design and utility patents to protect its originality.

I have considerable experience making benches for public settings that are comfortable, safe and durable. 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. My work is extremely sturdy as a nearly indestructible structure is created when the 1/4” thick curved steel parts are seam welded together. To ensure it is safe for human interaction all welds are ground smooth with the assumption that people young and old will be touching it all over. In public locations the curved seats deter unwanted sleeping. An architectural grade powder coating provides excellent protection from the weather and is also graffiti resistant.

My work’s durability, interactivity and sustainable design make it ideal for the public realm.  My hope is that it inspires others to consider new possibilities for reusing materials.