|We sat amid his many sculptures and paintings and talked about his works and philosophy. I was amazed at the scope and enormity of his creations, which looked to me like ten lifetimes of labor. I knew that Wanlass had created a large body of work but had no idea that he was so prolific. And, this represented only a portion of his lifetime of creating. He also has many heroic historical monuments that are spread throughout the land.
While living on the Oregon coast Wanlass sculpted a very large monument, ("Surf ll") for the U.S.A Bicentennial (1976) that is placed at The Marina in Everett, Washington. In 1982 Wanlass sculpted a heroic monument ("Arrival") celebrating Lewis & Clark's sojourn to the Pacific. It is located at the Lewis & Clark National Memorial at Ft. Clatsop on the north Oregon coast. This was the first of many Lewis & Clark monuments Wanlass sculpted for the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial including "End of the Trail" at the turn-around on the beach at Seaside, Oregon (1990), "Mark of Triumph", Lewis & Clark monument in downtown Long Beach, Washington (1990) and "Clark's Tree" erected on the sands of the Pacific Ocean, north of Cape Disappointment on the Long Beach Peninsula, Washington. This monument is a twenty-five foot bronze tree that marks the furthest northwest point traveled by Lewis & Clark's Corps of Discovery.