Volume 2, Number 2 August 2011
Emeritus Member Artist
Stanley Wanlass
   
Clark had carved his name and date in a pine tree on the beach. The tree apparently washed away sometime in the mid-eighteen hundreds. Wanlass was able to GPS an old survey and place the bronze tree on the original site. This monument was sculpted and cast in Utah, trucked to the headwaters of the Columbia River at Lewiston/Clarkston on the Snake River. At Clarkston the tree was lifted by one of the largest cranes in the northwest onto a barge to look like the prow of a ship for its trip down the Snake to the Columbia and on to the Pacific Ocean, following the footsteps of Lewis & Clark to its final and permanent site on the Pacific shore of the Long Beach Peninsula. "Clark's Tree" had a royal send-off ceremony with many speeches, marching bands and the release of numerous white doves by the local Indian chief (to carry peace to all corners of the earth).

Once on its way, "Clark's Tree" made celebratory stops each night at cities along the Snake/Columbia Rivers, finally arriving at the Pacific coast three weeks later for a huge celebration and unveiling ceremony in 2003. Wanlass confided in me that he also carved a hidden mysterious message (as he does in many of his creations) in Latin asking a centuries old question concerning mankind. So far, no one has been able to find this elusive riddle. The Seattle Times has written numerous articles concerning this enigma.


Wanlass has created other heroic monuments including the Muhlenburg Monument ("Man of Vision"), 1991, tastefully mounted on a large marble plinth under the bell-tower/Christopher Wren dome in the Administration Bldg. Muhlenburg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania, The Rockwell Monument ("The Protector"), 2002, in the sculpture courtyard at
the Hutchings Museum in Lehi, Utah and the still ongoing "Seafarers Memorial" that is planned to be placed off Point Adams in the Pacific Ocean (mouth of the Columbia River) dedicated to those who have died at sea. He also has plans for a large bronze racing car monument for the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

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