"There is something more powerful than each of us, a combination of our efforts, a Great Chain of industry that unites us. But it is only when we struggle in our own interest that the chain pulls society in the right direction..." - Andrew Ryan
- “I suppose the Doubters think you can paint a picture without soiling your smock…”
- ― Sander Cohen[src]
Cohen's Collection was, at a time before Rapture's fall, a group of studios in which Sander Cohen showcased his creative works to the public. As one of Rapture's premiere artists, Cohen produced a wealth of paintings and sculptures, which were divided among the Collections in Fort Frolic, Dionysus Park, and possibly other districts in the city.
- Main article: BioShock
When Jack encounters Cohen's Collection during the events of BioShock, the store is in stark disrepair. There is plaster peeling off the walls, and all furnishings have been stripped from the main studio area. The small lobby at the entrance of Cohen's Collection features several objects of interest. Like other businesses in Fort Frolic, its floor is covered with old newspapers and paintbrushes. A large hole directly across from the entrance is a vivid memory of the Rapture Civil War. To the left of the entrance is a painting of skyscrapers drearily lingering above a dull background, perhaps depicting the city of Rapture. The painting rests on a sturdy easel with comfortable chairs on either side. Across from the front desk is a painting of what looks to be some sort of station complete with benches, street lamps, and a hanging clock from the ceiling. Directly across, to the left of the entrance, is a small bullet-marked desk. Resting atop the desk is a thermos of coffee and a box of Oxford Club cigarettes. The only remaining paintings found on the walls are both crooked.
A small doorway leads to the gallery. Four large windows cover most of the back wall, casting an eerie hue upon one of Cohen's plaster works. This particular one depicts a family sitting down for dinner. The father, sitting at the right end, wears a bunny mask and has both his wrists cut. The mother, found at the left end of the table, has her hands tied behind the chair, perhaps to prevent her from leaving during the creation of the sculpture. Her daughter sits across from her with her hands folded in her lap. Both the mother and daughter are bowing their heads, as if in prayer. Most of the plastered corpses in Fort Frolic will bleed when shot at or struck by the wrench. However, the figure of the little girl in Cohen's Collection does not.
Many paintings and easels are found on the floor throughout the gallery. On the right side of the room, Jack finds the audio diary "The Doubters", on a table along with many jars of paintbrushes and a bottle of Arcadia Merlot. The floor around the table is littered with more newspapers and paintbrushes as well as another bottle of Arcadia Merlot.
Past the table is a set of stairs leading to a catwalk above the lobby. This provides a good view of the gallery. Jack finds three wall safes along the left side of the catwalk. It should be noted that each safe is considerably harder to hack than the one before. Opening the first of these causes a Houdini Splicer to enter the gallery. These safes are being guarded by a Turret hidden among mannequins and paintings. Hacking the Turret can be problematic, as the only way to access it is by the narrow catwalk which provides no cover.
|Items found in Cohen's Collection|
- Main article: BioShock 2
- “Jesus, will ya look at this haul! We’re gonna be rich!"
"Oh my yes. If you enjoy slime and muck, it’s utterly divine.”
- ― Splicers[src]
In spite of the public tensions between Andrew Ryan and Sofia Lamb, Sander Cohen established a Cohen's Collection in Dionysus Park. Though Cohen reveled in bringing his art to a new part of Rapture, the entire collection was ruined when Dionysus Park flooded.
The main gallery contains valuable art pieces and sculptures, a small lounge with a Health Station, and a storage closet is located to one side of the collection. There was also a smaller area down the back of the main space which also lead to the park's basement storage. When Subject Delta first enters the gallery, three Leadhead Splicers are heard discussing the loot from a tipped over El Ammo Bandito in the center of the room. The collection has access to the Chase Carousel in the Promenade as well as Basement Storage. In this area, there is a corpse full of ADAM, and when the player harvests from it, Cohen's Scherzo can be heard playing followed by distant, ominous laughter.
BioShock 2 Multiplayer
- Main article: BioShock 2 Multiplayer
A Cohen's Collection can be found in the multiplayer version of Dionysus Park, which features several artifacts by Sander Cohen. The museum itself has suffered some minor damage.
The Collection's sign can also be found in Fort Frolic.
Burial at Sea - Episode 1
- Main article: Burial at Sea - Episode 1
In this episode, it is learned that Sander Cohen also sold his work in other galleries, such as the Artist's Struggle. A large sign for Cohen's Collection can be seen when Booker DeWitt and Elizabeth are sent to Fontaine's Department Store in a Bathysphere that gives a view of the edge of the city.
Behind the Scenes
- The painting on the wall next to the front desk in the Fort Frolic branch of BioShock is an altered version of BioShock concept art for a train station by Eric Lawson.
- There is a painting of a nude person's back with the dialogue "Unknown Item" on an easel near the table. Only three other objects in game have this subtitle; the pipes on top of the central misting control console in Langford Research Laboratories, a grate on the floor in the Frozen Tunnel, and a piece of rebar in Rapture Records.
|Fort FrolicLocations and Businesses in|
|Atrium||Rapture Metro · Apothecary · Bella Mia's High Fashion · Cohen's Collection · Cohen's Quadtych · Fleet Hall · The Seahorse|
|Southern Mall||Sophia Salon High Fashion · Cocktail Lounge · Gardner Delux Modern · Le Marquis D'Epoque|
|Poseidon Plaza||Frozen Tunnel · Sir Prize · Sinclair Spirits · Robertson's Tobaccoria · Eve's Garden · Rapture Records · Pharaoh's Fortune Casino|
|Other Businesses||Defense Pavilion|
|BioShock 2 Multiplayer||Fort Frolic (BioShock 2 Multiplayer)|
|Dionysus ParkLocations and Businesses in|
|Basement Storage||Cohen's Collection|
|The Promenade||Chase Carousel · Lamb's Garden · The Piano Bar · Imago Fine Arts · J. Fischer Gallery|
|Gallery Entrance||Atlantic Express · Triton Cinema|
|BioShock 2 Multiplayer||Dionysus Park (BioShock 2 Multiplayer)|
|The Protector Trials||Folly of Dionysus|