Mayor Thomas Menino announced today that City Hall Plaza would be the place where Celtics legend Bill Russell’s statue would be built.

Alongside members of the Bill Russell Legacy Committee and the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, Menino said three designers were chosen to come up with a concept for the statue by October 10.

Menino called Russell “the greatest sports champion of our time” and a tremendous advocate for human rights and education.

He said the site for the statue was fitting because it is easily accessible for residents, fans, and visitors to enjoy and represents Russell’s civic commitment to the city.

The mayor mentioned Russell’s role in mentoring young kids off the court, as well as his dedication in the game as “the best player who ever played for the Celtics.”

Menino said the city will not pay for the construction of the statue.

The committees will continue a joint, private fundraising campaign for the project.

A public campaign will kickoff in the fall to coincide with the selection of the winning design.

When the final design is chosen an official unveiling of the statue will happen in the Spring of 2012.

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