Studio William Cochran - Catalytic Public Art for American Downtowns

William Cochran      
The Merriweather Horns
Torris, Alexandria, VA
Two Roads, Silver Spring
Pillar of Fire, Washington
The Shining Dark, Baltimore
The Dreaming, Frederick
Centennial Sculpture Park
Oak Wisdom, Baltimore
Kardia, St. Louis
Community Bridge
Poets Walk, Rochester
A Handful of Keys, NY
The Dream Pool
Cornerstone, Rockville MD
Sky Loom
The Weaving Wall
The Lonesome Touch
Community Builder
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William and Teresa Cochran create projects that contribute to sustainable cities and healthy communities. They collaborate with city officials, public agencies, NGOs, design teams, and cultural organizations to design and implement large-scale, catalytic public art projects known for careful architectural integration, design quality and craftsmanship.


  • In close collaboration with city staff and many stakeholders, Cochran Studio is creating the public art master plan for a new urban art trail in Hagerstown, Maryland.
  • The studio recently completed a Public Art Master Plan for the city of Havre de Grace in Maryland, with support frorm the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway and Havre de Grace Main Street Inc.
  • Pillar of Fire in Washington DC was selected as one of the top 100 public artworks internationally in recent years by a distinguished panel of professional designers for CODAWorx.
  • Wingspire, a thirty-foot glass tower for Silver Spring, Maryland is entering the final design phase. Wingspire was unanimously approved by the Art Review Panel for Montgomery County.
  • Torris: a freestanding light sculpture in glass and salvaged rail tracks was recently installed in a renovated glass factory in Alexandria, Virginia.
  • The Shining Dark: This community-driven, two-block-long elevated light sculpture for a prominent West Baltimore site won a major TEP grant and will reach completion in 2015. Studio-designed participatory public workshops engaged residents of all ages to help shape the project.
  • The Merriweather Horns: Cochran Studio recently joined a team of internationally recognized designers including Martha Schwartz Partners and Mahan Rykiel Associates for the creation of a new 16 acre cultural park in Symphony Woods at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. In January 2014 William designed five large-scale illuminated acoustic sculptures for the park entry plazas and pathway intersctions. The Merriweather Horns produce musical soundscapes from sounds made by wildlife. For a few moments each evening they sound together for a single song.
  • American Institute of Architects: Teresa Cochran served as public art consultant for a Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) for AIA's Center for Community By Design for a west coast city.
  • Two Roads: this large-scale, free-standing architectural art glass room in an "urban meadow" was recently completed in downtown Silver Spring, a collaboration with the landscape architecture firm Oculus.
  • Bethesda Asclepius: Nine large scale textural and dimensional kinetic paintings will anchor a cultural corridor in Bethesda, Maryland. The plans won unanimous approval from the Art Review Committee. Fabrication begins shortly.
  • Centennial Sculpture Park at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, a major design focus of the studio from 2007 to 2011, won the Robert Macon Award for Urban Innovation in October 2013, the 2012 Project of the Year Award from the American Public Works Association for Regional Transportation Projects and a New York State ASLA Chapter Award, and one of the top four grants in the nation from the National Endowment for the Arts, the latter a grant initiative spearheaded and written by the studio.
  • Cornerstone, the civil rights memorial that anchors a corner of the new Rockville Town Square, received a historic preservation award for unearthing and celebrating key aspects of 250 years of black history at the core of Rockville.




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