She read and re-read everything ever written by or about him. She studied countless photos, interviews, and game footage. But it wasn’t enough. Six months of tireless research into the career of a Celtics legend just wasn’t enough.
Ann Hirsch still believed that she needed to meet Bill Russell, who she was charged with immortalizing. It was a crucial final step before her hands could start to model the clay into a sculpture that a foundry would then cast into bronze that will stand at City Hall Plaza for as long as the metal will last.
So, in January, she crossed the country to Russell’s home outside Seattle. She loved every second. “The most amazing day of my life,” she said. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.