TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. - A year after Michael Richards completed his residency at Franconia Sculpture Park near Taylors Falls, he landed some free studio space in New York.
It was on the 92nd floor of one of the World Trade Center towers. Richards was there Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists flew planes into the twin towers, killing him and more than 2,700 others.
Nearly 11 years after Richards' death, the park this week is dedicating a memorial to Richards and the other victims. The sculpture Richards created during his month at Franconia has been recast in bronze.
John Hock, artistic director and co-founder of Franconia Sculpture Park, tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Richards was still an emerging artist but had a promising sculpture career ahead of him.
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