the Dumke Floral Walk at Red Butte Garden, absorbed in the sights and
smells of the plants and flowers along the way, you almost miss them.
But looking up, you realize that a moose and her calf are standing in
the water, their heads turned toward you, plants hanging from their mouths.
If the light is right, at first you might think they're real, that you've
startled a cow and her calf as they feast on an aquatic snack in Red Butte
Creek. But you relax as you realize they're sculpturesas is the
bull watching from above, visible only by the antlers peeking above the
trees and brush. For a moment, however, artist John Mortensen's sculptures
(which also include a deer and her fawn, near the ornamental grasses)
transport you to the wild. They're just another ingenious Red Butte method
of offering visitors a most civilized walk on the wild side.