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 and staff, 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.


  • Cochran Studio's Hagerstown Cultural Trail Public Art Master Plan for a new urban art trail in Hagerstown, Maryland was approved by the city's mayor and council in February 2016. Trail construction and artist selection begins shortly.
  • The studio completed a Public Art Master Plan for the city of Havre de Grace in Maryland, and in February began work on a public art plan for a third downtown in Maryland. William Cochran is speaking at a regional public art planning conference in Baltimore on April 1st.
  • Wingspire, a thirty-foot glass tower for downtown Silver Spring, Maryland is entering the final design phase. Wingspire was unanimously approved by the Art Review Panel for Montgomery County.
  • The Shining Dark: This community-driven, two-block-long elevated light sculpture for a prominent West Baltimore site has completed fabrication and will be installed in April 2016. Studio-designed participatory public workshops engaged residents of all ages to help shape the project.
  • 9:15 Bethesda is the title of a new installation that has completed fabrication and will be installed in April to anchor a cultural pedestrian corridor in downtown Bethesda, Maryland. Plans for the nine fifteen-foot-tall textural and dimensional kinetic paintings won unanimous approval from the Montgomery County Planning Department Art Review Committee.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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