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 was installed on a downtown Washington DC street corner in early 2013. The illuminated, sinuous glass column was commissioned by The JBG Companies and Grosvenor Americas to honor health care workers who served during the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the 1980's.
- The Shining Dark: This community-driven, elevated light sculpture for the West Baltimore MARC station recently won a major TEP grant and unanimous approval from the Baltimore City Public Art Commission. Participatory public workshops are engaging residents of all ages in kinetic painting and history-gathering workshops to shape the project.
- for the American Institute of Architects' Center for Community By Design in a west coast city.
- Two Roads: Fabrication has begun on this large-scale, free-standing architectural art glass room in an "urban medow" for downtown Silver Spring (with Oculus Landscape Architecture and Shalom Baranes Architecture for Home Properties, Inc.)
- 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 two new large-scale outdoor public light and glass sculptures for outdoor plazas in the Washington DC area. Both 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 in late 2012, meeting with university, peace-building and cultural groups about public art as a means to bridge ethnic divides and build community. The tour drew national media coverage in Kosovo and catalyzed increased governement support and funding for public art in the nation's capitol, and the founding of a new Master's program on public art at the University of Pristina.
- William worked with the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester on strategic and master planning for a major new sculpture park. Following the planning phase, William and Teresa were recruited for the City-led Bergmann Associates design team, serving for five years as sub-consultants for design, public art, and public participation for an urban art trail in Rochester New York, including museum frontages. The studio was project manager for anchoring installations by artists such as Cliff Garten and Living Lenses. William served as design team artist for Centennial Sculpture Park, a major public space designed in collaboration with Bayer Landscape Architecture. The overall project received a major NEA grant in a process spearheaded by the studio.
- 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.