Artist
Dale Chihuly (U.S.A., b. 1941)
Date
2010
Media
Glass
Credit Line
A gift from the friends of My Blue Dots: The McCollum Family Fund (Sue, Bob, Mike, Dave, Jeff), Marion and Don Howell, Anonymous, Bev and Bob Chell, Mary Lou and Ron McCollum, Sheri and Mike Page

The majestic blue chandelier suspended in the atrium of the Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Building serves as a reminder of the importance of creativity in both art and science. The artwork is called Tre Stelle di Lapislazzuli, which means “Three Stars of Lapis Lazuli” in Italian. It weighs roughly two tons and is 33.5 feet tall. The piece is made up of 2,071 pieces of hand-blown glass that sparkle with gold when lit at night.

The chandelier was designed by internationally renowned artist Dale Chihuly at the urging of Sue McCollum, founder of the nonprofit organization My Blue Dots, and Irving Weissman, M.D., director of the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine and the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor for Clinical Investigation in Cancer Research. The conception of the artwork occurred in 2008 at the time of the building groundbreaking, during a conversation between Weissman and McCollum. My Blue Dots, a nonprofit dedicated to furthering cancer research through the support of both scientific research and artwork, donated the sculpture to the medical school. The sculpture was installed over a two-week period from August to September 2010.