Are You Down?
2' 10" x 22' 6" x 22' 6"
Fiberglass, Bronze Bonded Resin, Concrete & Black Beauty Sand
Michael Richards FSP/Jerome Grant Recipient 2000

Michael Richards was the recipient of the Franconia Sculpture Park/Jerome Fellowship in 2000. Mr. Richards was in residence in 2000 the
last week of August and the first week of September. During that time he created the sculpture Are You Down? The large-scale work features three life-size human figures surrounding a target, which represent the artist in uniform as a Tuskegee Airman.

The multi-layered artwork raises awareness of the Tuskegee Airmen’s impact on World War II and the history of achieving civil rights for African Americans.

In 2001 Mr. Richards was killed in the attack on the World Trade Center, where he was working in a studio through a fellowship with World Views, an artist-in-residence program sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

The original work was cast in fiberglass, a material that is not durable for long-term exposure to the elements. The Board and Staff of Franconia Sculpture Park developed a campaign to cast the three figures of Are You Down? in bronze to honor Michael’s work and legacy. The now bronze sculpture was dedicated in 2012 and is now permanently installed at Franconia Sculpture Park.

The permanent installation of Are You Down? restores and preserves the work, and provides the community access to a deeply important sculpture created by an artist who’s prolific career was tragically cut short. For more information on Michael Richards, Are You Down? or Franconia Sculpture Park, please contact John Hock, Artistic Director, Franconia Sculpture Park at johnhock@franconia.org



Additional Reading About Michael Richards:

Studio Museum

Artist in 60-Seconds