The sign’s text is an anamorphic projection, an image (text form) that is fully legible only from a privileged orientation. The separated planes of the sign hold portions of the letters of “COCHRAN” and as one moves east <–> west, the word gradually comes into focus and then breaks apart again as one passes. This feature emphasizes the location of the park on the busy 2nd Avenue thoroughfare where the sign engages drivers and passersby on foot. In a sense, the sign is like the train cars that once passed by the site.
The clear powder-coated bench|sign is fabricated from welded 3/8” aluminum plate with flanges anchored to concrete footings. The letters of the name “COCHRAN” are formed from a diffuse pattern of holes cut through the panels with a CNC-plasma cutter.
2017 AIA Nebraska Merit Award for Architectural Detail