Two Roads

About

William Cochrane, artist

Two Roads pays tribute to pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson, who altered our  perceptions of nature. A open air glass room materializes and dissolves within an urban meadow. Indigenous plantings and paving weave in and out of a light steel structure holding semi-mirrored glass panels with engraved text passages, standing like the pages of an unfinished book. Some bays are open and frame the landscape surrounding and growing into the plaza. 

The engraved text is drawn from Carson's writings on the environment. Two powerful passages are highlighted in overlapping dichroic glass letters that float within the primary panels, where they appear and vanish as the viewer moves through the space, sometimes breaking the light into its spectral components.

The room of transparent mirrors reflects the viewer, the trees and surrounding buildings, rearranging them as the perspective of the viewer and the light changes. In this fluid overlapping of natural and architectural elements in the glass, the viewer's image is the only constant, reflecting Carson’s call to personal responsibility for the environment.

The studio collaborated closely with the landscape architecture firm Oculus on the design of this artwork. Oculus also designed the urban meadow that surrounds the work. 

Address

1155 Ripley St
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Two Roads

Nearby Restaurants & Dining

8407 Ramsey Ave
(437 feet NW)
8402 Georgia Ave
(504 feet NE)
1010 Wayne Ave
(512 feet NE)
1305 East-West Hwy
(523 feet SW)
8226 Georgia Ave
(553 feet E)
8408 Georgia Ave
(569 feet NE)

Nearby Shopping and Services

1031 Ripley St
(51 feet SE)
1150 Ripley St
(91 feet S)
1110 Bonifant St
(178 feet NW)

Nearby Parking

8212 Colonial Ln
(220 feet SE)
938 Philadelphia Ave
(0.3 miles SE)

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Nearby Public Transportation

8404 Colesville Rd.
(425 feet NW)