Studio William Cochran - Catalytic Public Art for American Downtowns

William Cochran      
Torris, Alexandria, VA
Pillar of Fire, Washington
Two Roads, Silver Spring
Community Bridge, Frederick Maryland
Centennial Sculpture Park, Rochester, NY
The Merriweather Horns, Columbia Maryland
Desire Lines, Bethesda, MD
Kardia, St. Louis MO
The Shining Dark, Baltimore
The Dreaming, Frederick Maryland
Oak Wisdom, Baltimore
Poets Walk, Rochester
A Handful of Keys, NY
The Lonesome Touch, Martinsburg, WV
The Dream Pool, Frederick, Maryland
Cornerstone, Rockville MD
Sky Loom
The Weaving Wall
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William Cochran creates large scale public artworks, public art processes and catalytic public spaces that support sustainable cities and healthy communities. Working with his partner Teresa, he collaborates with city officials and public agencies, large developers and NGOs, design teams and cultural organizations to plan, create, oversee and facilitate large-scale projects known for their careful architectural integration, design quality, vision, craftsmanship and community engagement.

  • Cochran completed a radical redesign of the streetscape for the historic city center of Cumberland, Maryland, and is providing design oversight services for its build-out. The design plan, one of the first artist-designed streetscapes in the nation, includes a public art master plan and is viewable here.
  • Cochran completed a Public Art Master Plan for the new downtown of Columbia, Maryland for The Howard Hughes Corporation and is facilitating a series of world-class artworks.
  • William and Teresa were featured speakers at the Virginia Commission for the Arts Conference in Richmond.
  • The team completed The Shining Dark for the Maryland Transit Administration in West Baltimore, and Desire Lines, a permanent abstract painting installation that anchors a cultural pedestrian corridor in downtown Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Pillar of Fire in Washington DC was selected as one of the top 100 public artworks internationally in recent years by a panel of professional designers for CODAWorx.
  • The Merriweather Horns: Cochran Studio is part of a team of internationally recognized designers including Martha Schwartz Partners and Mahan Rykiel Associates for a cultural park in Symphony Woods at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. William designed five large-scale illuminated sculptures that produce musical soundscapes from sounds made by wildlife.
  • 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 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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