A bronze statue of a Rocky Mountain bull elk is installed at the Twin Creeks transit-oriented development off Haskell Street in Central Point. The bull, a cow and a calf now grace the entrance to the development.

Elk sculptures are so real they fool elk

CENTRAL POINT — Wildlife artist Dennis Jones of Prineville says his bronze sculptures are so real that resident wildlife are sometimes fooled.

"I've had several sculptures, like in Jackson (Wyo.), where other moose have come down and laid down below the monuments like they were protecting them," Jones said.

Jones has created three bigger-than-life Rocky Mountain elk — a bull, a cow and a calf, collectively titled "Mountain Heir" — to grace the entrance to the Twin Creeks transit-oriented development off Haskell Street. The sculptures were installed last week.

"If there's any (elk) around, we'll probably have them right down here sniffing on these bronzes," he says.

The sculptures will be part of Twin Creeks' three-acre Central Park, which also will include a band shell, gazebo and two picnic shelters when finished.

About 45 acres have been set aside for park space in the 230-acre development, which eventually will have 1,500 dwellings and a large commercial area between Highway 99 and West Pine Street.

"We thought (Jones' elk sculptures) would be interesting and a way to continue to set Twin Creeks apart," said developer Bret Moore.

"We're all elk hunters and I don't care who you are, they're just majestic to look at."

Begun seven years ago, Twin Creeks is about one-third finished. The development will eventually feature a pair of waterways — its namesakes — running past the three elk into a nearby pool.

While response by local critters has yet to be noted, resident bipeds are swinging by to take photos and admire the 12-foot bull elk and his family.

Jones said it's just a matter of time before some nonhuman visitors take notice.

Many of his sculptures are on display in rural areas.

"Once I had somebody call me and said, 'I got a problem with this moose.' I thought, 'Oh no. I hate to have someone unhappy,' " Jones said.

"And he said, 'There's a bull moose out there mounting it right now. I sure wish I had a camera.' "

To view the sculptures, take the Central Point exit on Interstate 5 and head west on Pine Street, then turn right on Haskell Street. The structures are in an open area at the west entrance, which is not yet connected to Highway 99.

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Buffy Pollock is a freelance writer living in Medford. E-mail her at

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