Colin Selig

Sculpture + Site Furnishings

My artwork explores the boundary between sculpture and sustainable design with a modern organic aesthetic and a sense of whimsy. My practice is focused on creating eco-friendly site elements for public spaces that range from functional seating to biomorphic scupture. My work is human scaled and intended to be enjoyed tactilely as well as visually.

My desire to work exclusively with used materials led me to develop a patented process to repurpose regionally sourced salvage propane tanks, an abundant 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, a process with a minimal carbon footprint that results in objects which contain 99% post consumer reused content.

I have considerable experience making benches and have done extensive research to ensure their comfort, safety and durability. 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.  

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.  As an artist my hope is to inspire others to consider new possibilities for reusing materials.