Finalists compete for design of Russell statue

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Finalists compete for design of Russell statue

Three finalists have been chosen to design the statue of Bill Russell that will be placed in City Hall Plaza, Mayor Tom Menino and Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca announced Monday morning.

The finalists, Fern Cunningham, Antonio Mendez, and Ann Hirsch, visited the site Monday and will submit their proposals to the legacy committee in October.

Cunningham has done several historical statues in Boston, including one of Harriet Tubman.

"It's a hard one... I think that when the person is alive, it's important to think about what they would like, what they would like to see of themselves," said Cunningham. "When they're no longer here, we tend to gravitate towards what was important to us, about the legacy that they left. But when they're here, it's really, to me, a matter of what would you like to see in your legacy? What are you the most proud of?"

Mendez has produced over twenty public monuments, including various player statues outside Fenway Park. Ann Hirsch is a local artist from Somerville who has completed several projects for the National Constitution Center.

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