Steve Tobin was born in 1957, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is an American sculptor. Much of his work draws inspiration from nature, and the Christian Science Monitor has described his sculptures as “monuments to the meeting of science and art”. He studied theoretical mathematics at Tulane University, graduating with a B.S. in 1979, and works from a studio/foundry in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. His works have included an igloo fashioned from the windows of M60 Patton combat tanks, and glass cocoons that he hung in a chapel in Antwerp.
In 1993, he created an installation at Retretti in Punkaharju, Finland, an art museum in a series of artificial caves. He filled the caves with tall, “totemic” glass sculptures, and created a “waterfall” from strands of glass. After the exhibition, he ceased to work with glass, stating later that “I retired from glass because I could never top what I did at Retretti”. Five years later, he gave a show at Fuller Museum of Art in Massachusetts featuring bronze castings of Ghanaian termite mounds; he had become interested in Ghana after having an assistant from the country. In 2002, the Page Museum in Los Angeles gave an exhibition of his work titled “Tobin’s Naked Earth: Nature as Sculpture”, beside the La Brea Tar Pits. The show included the termite mound castings, a metal casting of the root system of a tree, and a sculpture fashioned from bone marrow. For more than a decade, Tobin also worked with exploding small charges in blocks of clay and then firing the results, some of which were featured at the Payne Gallery of Moravian College. In 2016, Tobin was the featured artist in Shanghai, China for the Sixth Annual Jing’An International Sculpture Project (JISP) Expo. His studio shipped 48 bronze and steel sculptures for the installation, including several from his monumental Steel Roots Series. Tobin’s sculptures were sited at several places around the city of Shanghai, including in front of the Shanghai Natural History Museum and at Jing’An Sculpture Park.