LELAND STANFORD JUNIOR SCULPTURE
LELAND STANFORD JUNIOR
The namesake of Stanford University, Leland Stanford Junior died of typhoid fever at age 15. From his parents' grief rose one of the most powerful, positive acts of philanthropy in history:
the creation of Leland Stanford Junior University.
Because of this child, the world around us has changed immensely.
This sculpture of Leland reflects the brighter, ever-changing world that was born from his short life and his parents' love.
Richard Becker, NSS Stanford MS '88
Leland Junior's 150th Birthday is May 14, 2018 Born: May 14, 1868, Sacramento, California Died: March 13, 1884 (aged 15), Florence, Italy
Photo of Leland Junior at a young age.
Leland's death mask. (Photos cou rtesy The Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University )
3 meter diameter version
Alternate pedestal concept
Other Commission examples
Our Darling Boy
from Mike Attie
A short documentary about the life and death Leland Stanford Jr by Mike Attie and Melanie Levy. Accompanied Darren Waterson's installation "Splendid Grief" at the Stanford University Cantor Center in the spring and summer of 2009.
Leland Jr Wikipedia