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The Dedication

The Dedication of the Tre Stelle di Lapisalazzuli Chandelier

 
By Dale Chihuly, 2010
A gift from the friends of My Blue Dots to Stanford University School of Medicine

 

My Blue Dots – Chihuly Dedication

 
When people walk into the Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Building for the first time, many stop and stare, their eyes drawn upward to the imposing two ton, blue glass sculpture that hangs in the atrium. Spanning more than three stories, the artwork that glistens with gold when lit up at night is called the Tre Stelle di Lapislazzuli Chandelier (Italian for “Three Stars of Lapis Lazuli Chandelier”) and is an iconic symbol of the importance of combining art with science.

My Blue Dots donated the Chihuly sculpture to Stanford. The concept came about during the groundbreaking in 2008, when Irving Weissman, MD, director of the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, had a conversation with Sue McCollum. They discussed their admiration for the innovative work of Dale Chihuly in his permanent installations and temporary exhibits all over the world. Chihuly and McCollum had collaborated on several things in the past. Thus, Weissman and McCollum decided to ask Chihuly to create some glass artwork for the building.

“Art can inspire people in life’s activities, and works of art provide important symbols that remind us why we are doing what we are doing,” said Weissman. Art in the building will also be symbolic of the creative process that the building is designed to foster, Weissman added. “Art reminds us all of the importance of interaction across disciplines, and that such creative interactions are going on in this place.”

In the words of Dale Chihuly: “Art, architecture, and science seem to all work interchangeably with one another. I was pleased to have been asked by Sue McCollum, the founder of My Blue Dots to create a work of art for the spectacular atrium in the Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Building.”

My Blue Dots - Chihuly Dedication

The 2,071 pieces of glass for the chandelier were blown and carefully arranged on metal armatures in the Chihuly studio in Seattle. The work was so large that it had to be hung in separate pieces. Then it was taken apart, packed in 161 boxes, and shipped to Stanford for the final assembly that took over two weeks to install. The finished work, weighing 4,300 pounds, stands 33 feet long with the lower tip dangling 13 feet above the floor.

My Blue Dots is dedicated to support cancer research and care programs by combining art with science for healing, hope, and heal. The Tre Stelle di Lapislazzuli Chandelier is a symbol of our mission and we hope you will have a chance to see the My Blue Dots Chihuly sculpture in person and enjoy this magnificent art piece.

 

Dedication Program for the
Tre Stelle di Lapislazzuli Chandelier

Combining Art with Science yo Create Healing, Hope, and Health

WELCOME

Philip A. Pizzo, MD, Dean, Stanford University School Of MedicinePhillip A. Pizzo, MD
Dean, Stanford University School of Medicine

“Restoring the body is enriched by restoring the soul and art is a great way for doing that. Sue McCollum, a survivor of cancer, has done just that for so many years….

In this transformational facility it would be important for the scientists working here to connect their creative energies with their spiritual soul and what better way to do that then through art and what better way than to recommend that Dale Chihuly develop this extraordinary sculpture you see tonight.”

 

SPEAKERS

Irving L. Weissman, MD Director, Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative MedicineIrving L. Weissman, MD
Director, Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

“It is clear to me as it is with anybody who tries to invent anything that sooner or later you figure out that you don’t exactly know where it’s coming from.  It’s a combination of what you saw or heard or thoughts or dreams, but it really comes out from inside you and the process of discovery, I think it is probably the same for Dale when he scratches out on two dimensional paper his version for a three dimensional fantastic sculpture.”

“Dale has been a hero of mine for a long time after I saw his first work in Davos, Switzerland…”
 
Sue McCollum, Founder and Director, My Blue DotsSue McCollum
Founder and Executive Director, My Blue Dots

“We are here to celebrate this magnificent chandelier representing the mixing of art with science to create healing, hop and health.

We are also here to thank Dale Chihuly for creating this magnificent awe-inspiring piece that will be an inspiration to all who see it. To thank Irv Weissman for his vision and passion in bringing together these two disciplines.

And to thank each of you for you part in supporting and honoring all those who wear the blue dots.”
 
Dale Chihuly, Artist, Tre Stelle Di Lapislazzuli ChandelierDale Chihuly
Glass Artist 

“I was asked to say a few words about the inspiration for this piece. Sue’s My Blue Dots was one of the inspirations. Some very dynamic images that I got on the stem cells was another inspiration and the building itself is so dynamic and an incredible building.

I thank you for allowing me to create as beautiful of a piece as I could for you in the beautiful space.”

 

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE

Dennis McNeil, Award-winning TenorDennis McNeil
Award-Winning Tenor

You Raise Me Up

“When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be,
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains,
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders,
You raise me up: to be more than I can be.”

 

SPEAKER

Rev. Lloyd John Ogilvie, DD, Former Chaplain of the United States SenateThe Rev. Lloyd John Ogilvie, DD
Former Chaplin of the United States Senate

“This great chandelier, done by this benchmark artist, stands as the symbol of that healing power that will persist through research and the application of truth. Its stunning beauty, its awesome symbolism, the breathtaking colors and the captivating artistry proclaim to the world….the magnitude of human creativity.

I think this chandelier hangs as a bold affirmation of the unity of science and the arts. It will be a constant reminder to the scientists who come to this building to work of the dynamic source of the creativity that is available to them.”
 

More Photos

 
Sue McCollum and Dale Chihuly  Irving L. Weissman, Dennis McNeil, Dale Chihuly  Rev. Lloyd John Ogilvie, Dennis McNeil, Bob & Sue McCollum  Albert Koong, Sue McCollum, Jenny  Bob & Sue McCollum, Bev Mitchell  Dale Chihuly and Sue McCollum  Bev, Bob, Bob, Liz

 

 

 

 

 

“Art can inspire people in life’s activities, and works of art provide important symbols that remind us why we are doing what we are doing. Art in the building will also be symbolic of the creative process that the building is designed to foster. Art reminds us all of the importance of interaction across disciplines, and that such creative interactions are going on in this place.”

Irving Weissman, MD
Director of the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
“Art, architecture, and science seem to all work interchangeably with one another. I was pleased to have been asked by Sue McCollum, the founder of My Blue Dots to create a work of art for the spectacular atrium in the Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Building.”

Dale Chihuly
Artist, Tre Stelle Di Lapislazzuli Chandelier