Sharon Hayes, If They Should Ask

Sharon Hayes


If They Should Ask (2017)

Cast concrete, steel, and acrylic lettering 



Artwork: Sharon Hayes

Project Manager: Corin Wilson

Advisory Group: Nina Ahmad, Ph.D., Alliyah Allen, Kennedy Allen, Erica Atwood, Rev. Bonnie Camarda, Lorene Cary, Hazel Edwards, Lauren Footman, Tianna Gaines-Turner, Jane Golden, Giana Graves, Councilwoman Helen Gym, Gayle Isa, Ariell Johnson, Celena Morrison, Dawn Munro, Jessica Roney, Raquel Evita Saraswati, Dr. Janet Sturdivant, Maya Thomas, and Hilary Wang

Collaborators: Pavel Efremoff (Production Manager), Human Kind Design (Concrete Casting), Matt Gilbert (Metal Fabrication), Louis Tannen (Mold Fabrication), Toren Falck (Lasercutting), Carolyn Lieba Francois-Lazard (Research Assistance), Monika Uchiyama (Research Assistance), James Sprang (Production Assistance), Emily Belshaw (Production Assistance), Kristen Neville Taylor (Production Assistance), Gwen Comings (Production Assistance), Kathryn Hedley (Production Assistance), and Molly Collett (Monument Lab Summer Intern)

Partners: Mural Arts Philadelphia, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, The City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Friends of Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia Art Alliance, and Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse. If They Should Ask was presented as a part of Monument Lab: Philadelphia (Citywide Exhibition, 2017).

Major support for Monument Lab 2017 projects staged in Philadelphia’s five squares provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. An expanded artist roster and projects at additional neighborhood sites made possible by the William Penn Foundation. Generous additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. Full list of exhibition sponsors.