The Bill Russell Legacy Project sculpture represents the whole man, honoring Mr. Russell as an athlete, coach, human rights activist, ground breaker and mentor. The larger than life sculpture of Russell is on a short base in game action, poised with basketball in hand about to pass the ball to a teammate. He aims towards a low-standing, open plinth, engraved with Mr. Russell’s quote, “The most important measure of how good a game I’d played was how much better I’d made my teammates play.” As visitors step up onto the open plinth, ready to catch the pass, they become a teammate not only in the game of basketball but in continued advocacy for human rights and mentorship programming.
Ten plinths surround Russell for a total of 11 units representing Mr. Russell’s 11 championships with the Boston Celtics. Each plinth features a key word and a corresponding quotation to illuminate the myriad accomplishments spanning Mr. Russell’s career both on and off the court. The plinths embrace Kallmann, McKinnell and Knowles’ architecture and transform the basic building blocks of City Hall's Brutalist architecture into a more horizontal composition at human scale where the precast units of the building are granite platforms for individuals.
(Mori Isinger: Photo)