Stanford law students pass by this totem daily while hurrying to class and most don't give it a second thought. But it's a symbolic creation of a Native American artist, titled "The Stanford Legacy." The 40-foot monument commemorates the life and untimely death of young Leland Stanford Jr. from whom the university takes its name.
The images show the weeping mother, Jane Stanford, at the base of the pole, grieving the loss of her son. Above her children are climbing up her tears, symbolizing hope and knowledge. The pole is topped by the child with angel wings -- a tribute to the boy whose premature death inspired his parents' dream of creating the university.
A lofty and inspiring tale!