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 and trail construction and artist selection are underway.
  • The studio completed a Public Art Master Plan for the city of Havre de Grace in Maryland, and recently began working on a plan for a third downtown in Maryland. William Cochran spoke at a regional public art planning conference in Baltimore on April 1st.
  • Wingspire, a thirty-foot glass tower for downtown Silver Spring, Maryland will be installed in early 2017.
  • 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 June 2016. Studio-designed participatory public workshops engaged residents of all ages to help shape the project.
  • Time Lines is the title of a new 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 distinguished 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 illumie 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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