New York Times Portraits of Grief

Michael Richards
It is most likely that Michael Richards, a well- regarded sculptor, was doing the thing he loved most Tuesday morning in his studio in Tower 1 on the 92nd floor of the World Trade Center. "He would work through most of the night and into the morning," said Kira Harris, a friend. Mr. Richards, 38, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica, worked a lot in bonded bronze, and his sculptures often had the look of life-size human figures. "We had scheduled that I would see his new work this week," said Christine Y. Kim, assistant curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem. His creations often dealt with "technology such as aviation, ironically," she said, then read aloud the words of another curator, Jorge Daniel Veneciano, about Mr. Richards's sculpture: "Each of his works engages the notion of flight in at least two important senses: as a form of flight away from what is repressive, and as a form of flight toward what is redeeming."