“Almost two years ago to the day, a crowd gathered around under overcast, rainy skies to witness Russell’s statue get unveiled in Boston’s City Hall Plaza. The bust in his honor was the first phase of the Bill Russell Legacy Project, which aims to honor Russell’s contributions as a player, a human rights advocate and a mentor to young children in the Boston community. On Wednesday afternoon, ahead of Boston’s season opener against the Philadelphia 76ers, Phase Two of the project was unveiled amid similarly dreary weather.”

 

 

‘Bill Russell Legacy Project’ Statues Unveiled At Boston’s City Hall (Photos)

Art doesn’t come from a mold. It comes from the heart and mind of the artist. Hirsch was a boxing neophyte when she received the commission from the Grand Rapids Community Legends Foundation to create the Ketchel sculpture.

Ann’s portrait of the Honorable Mark L. Wolf, Senior U.S. District Judge for the District Court of Massachusetts, was permanently installed in the library of Boston Latin School on June 8, 2015. The dedication was attended by Congressman Joseph Kennedy, III and former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld along with recipients of Ward Fellowships.

The symbolism of the sculpture incorporated into Patriot Plaza at the Sarasota National Cemetery has its roots in artwork extending back thousands of years, as a gallery walk at the Ringling Museum of Art Thursday evening demonstrated.

“We want our national cemeteries to be shrines, shrines that really demonstrate the care of our American people for our veterans.” VA Secretary Bob McDonald believes the Sarasota National Cemetery is such a showcase, or shrine, with its Patriot Plaza Amphitheater and numerous art installations worth $12 million, all privately funded by the Patterson Foundation based in Sarasota.

“They have done an outstanding job choosing the artwork in that facility,” McDonald said. “There are photographs- for me as veteran, an airborne ranger, that capture many of the situations I’ve been in.”

The Patterson Foundation funded Patriot Plaza and the public art to create a place for “deep experience” at the Sarasota National Cemetery, said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of the Patterson Foundation.

“By having Patriot Plaza, those who come to visit family, those who come now to visit the art, they will each have their own private time and space for reflection and experiencing and affirming why we live in the greatest country on the globe,” Jacobs said.

The Patterson Foundation partnership with NCA is the first of its kind among the 131 cemeteries run by the VA. Jacobs hopes Sarasota’s Patriot Plaza will serve as a model for others to follow.