Pacific Northwest artists restore Stanford totem poles to their original grandeur

Among the outdoor sculptures spread throughout Stanford's campus are two towering giants. After weathering years of sun, moisture and insects, the totem poles are receiving needed restoration.

The first totem pole installed on the Stanford campus rests close to the Oval, tucked into a nearby grove of trees. Art Thompson finished the Nuu-chah-nulth style pole, titled Boo-Qwilla, in 1995. The second pole, The Stanford Legacy by Don Yeomans, sits adjacent to the Law School’s Crown Quad and was completed in 2002. Carved in the traditional…

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Miwok, Stanford’s monumental outdoor sculpture by di Suvero, moves to a new home

Mark di Suvero's large-scale sculpture settles in on the School of Medicine Dean's Lawn.

Moving art can get complicated very quickly. Frames aren’t always stable, wires fray, pastels and old paint don’t like movement. Sculptural elements become loose or detached, doorways and halls that were adequately high and wide when moving a piece in are inexplicably smaller when moving out. Large-scale outdoor sculpture often takes complicated to a whole…

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