Colin Selig

 I create climate conscious site elements for public and commercial spaces. My bench designs include contemporary riffs on furniture from Victorian and Mid Century eras while my sculptures are whimsical, biomorphic and safe for human interaction.

A commitment to sustainable design practices led me to develop a method of repurposing scrap steel propane tanks by carefully dissecting and reassembling the pieces, with no additional reshaping of the material, a process with a minimal carbon footprint that produces durable objects which contain 99% post-consumer reused content. I have been granted a series of design and utility patents to protect the originality of my work as this concept is scalable.

My work has been honored with national and international 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 was also recently named by CODAworx as one of 2021 top 25 “Creative Revolutionaries” leading changes forward in the arts.

I have completed numerous commissions across the US for streetscapes, parks and plazas, municipal buildings, healthcare facilities and commercial properties. My work can also be found in private art collections.

I have considerable experience making benches for public settings that are comfortable, safe and sturdy. 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’s durability and sustainable design make it ideal for the public realm. My hope is that it inspires others to consider new possibilities for reusing materials.

BENCHES

ANIMALS

 

 

 

Commissioned works

“Hornet mascot sculpture”  by Colin SeligCommissioned for Randle Elementary School

Commissioned for Randle Elementary School by DC Department of General Services and Washington DC Public Schools, Vespa is a colorful, abstract hornet designed to appeal to people of all ages. Made entirely from repurposed LP tanks this sculpture is intended to be enjoyed for its aesthetic qualities as well as foster climate awareness in young minds.

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Bee sculpture | Sam Rose commission