Studio William Cochran projects contribute to sustainable cities and healthy communities. William and Teresa Cochran collaborate with cities, public agencies, NGOs, design teams, and cultural organizations to design and implement large-scale, catalytic public art projects that are known for their architectural integration, design quality and craftsmanship.
RECENT NEWS and NEW PROJECTS:
- Pillar of Fire: William Cochran's light sculpture at 14th and S Streets in Washington DC will be dedicated in November 2013. The illuminated, sinuous glass column honors health care workers who served during the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the 1980's. The studio is installing new public sculptures in Silver Spring, MD and Alexandria, VA in November 2013.
- William Cochran was one of the principal planners and designers of the new Centennial Sculpture Park at the Memorial Art Gallery of the Uniersity of Rochester. It won the Robert Macon Award for Urban Innovation in October 2013. The larger Rochester project won the 2012 Project of the Year Award from the American Public Works Association for Regional Transportation Projects as well as a New York State Chapter Award. The studio developed a unifying vision for the project and served as public art and public participation consultants, with Teresa Cochran designing a public participation plan and facilitating many participatotry workshops, events and components. William was design team artist for key pedestrian areas, including the new sculpture park designed in collaboration with Bayer Landscape Architecture. He recommended art types and sites for the larger urban art trail and consulted with musuems on artists and selection processess. The studio managed the development of several anchoring public sculptures and authored the grant application for one of the top four grants in the nation from the National Endowent for the Arts. The studio was part of the Bergmann Assicates design team.
- The Shining Dark: This community-driven, elevated light sculpture for the West Baltimore MARC station won a major TEP grant and unanimous approval from the Baltimore City Public Art Commission. tudio-designed participatory public workshops are currently engaging residents of all ages in kinetic painting and history-gathering processes to shape the project.
- for the American Institute of Architects' Center for Community By Design in a west coast city.
- Two Roads: this large-scale, free-standing architectural art glass room in an "urban medow" will be installed in downtown Silver Spring in November 2013 (with Oculus Landscape Architecture).
- Bethesda Asclepius: Nine large scale "textural paintings" will anchor a cultural corridor in Bethesda, Maryland. The plans won unanimous approval from the Art Review Committee and begin fabrication shortly.
- The studio is developing three new large-scale outdoor sculptures for plazas in the Washington DC area. Two of the designs recently received regulatory approval.
- Poets Walk: The studio completed work on Poet's Walk, an 1100'-foot-long interactive brick and stone sidewalk engraved with ten dozen passages of poetry along the frontage of the University of Rochester Memorial Art Gallery. (design collaboration with Bayer Landscape Architecture as design sub-consultant to Bergmann Associates).
- William toured Kosovo as a speaker on public art, drawing national media coverage in Kosovo and catalyzing increased governement funding for public art, and the founding of a new Master's program on public art at the University of Pristina.
- A 30-minute documentary, The Story of Community Bridge, has been used by the State Department to inspire thousands of city planners, architects, artists and civil society groups in Iraq and other countries: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ht55NnOr7m4
- Cornerstone, the civil rights memorial that anchors one corner of the new Rockville Town Square, received a historic preservation award in 2012.