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San Diego, California News Station - KFMB Channel 8 - cbs8.com

Drivers in Carlsbad, CA were in for a surprise when they came to -- quite literally -- a fork in the road at the intersection of Levante Street and Anillo Way.

But their amusement and bewilderment was short lived, as the six-foot-high eating utensil made from wood and silver spray-paint was removed by the city from its mount in a concrete island. The city explained its actions, stating that "although the fork in the road remains, the literal fork was removed [Wednesday] morning. We appreciate the creativity, but it's not legal or safe to put objects like this on public streets or medians."

The creator of the fork, who wished to remain anonymous, said that he was inspired to make the sculpture for the island when he saw "The Muppet Movie" back in 1979. During one scene, Kermit tells Fozzie Bear to head left at a fork in the road. Soon after, an actual giant fork appears.

Local residents and the artist himself are hoping that the city changes its mind about removing the statue, but it doesn't seem to be looking good.

Krista Ray, the city's Communications Manager, told CNN, "If the artist would like to propose to donate this art to the city, we do have a process through our Cultural Arts Office to consider it. He or she could get in touch with us to learn more about this process."

Check out the video from KFMB above for more on the story.


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      pm0501
      • 2 Years Ago
      The city of Carlsbad should have left the forking thing there!
      The Wise One
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder if this is what the venerable Yogi Berra had in mind when he uttered his now famous words "When you come to a fork in the road, take it!" LOL.
      lxixwithu
      • 2 Years Ago
      Going from Carlsbad to worse.
      dsecluded
      • 2 Years Ago
      all we have is litter new jersey the garbage state
      wdcarterjr
      • 2 Years Ago
      The heinous crime was "original thought without a government permit." If people learn to have original thoughts without government control, they one day may demand freedom of expression. That would suppress "politicly correct speech." That is toally unacceptable. What good is a democracy if you cannot tell other people how to live their lives?
      janka51
      • 2 Years Ago
      all i saw was another stupid ad
      ron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fork'n Government... Leave it to City / County officials to take something that puts a smile on your face & Mess it up. I think the concrete curb around the Island is going to hurt your car a lot more than the Fork.
      roxi188441
      • 2 Years Ago
      The City of Carlsbad has no sense of humor and no sense of adventure. What a shame! The fork should be fifty feet high and should remain at "the fork in the road"
      Robert
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its very clever but just as soon as someone hits it they will sue the city for damages, emotional distress, etc, etc. Thats the America we have become.
      nikkitytom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fusty old farts. The fork is charming and very clever. What is the matter with people when they get a little authority? A wooden fork is a safety hazard.???? Nonsense. And I'll bet there are cars careening around it while the drivers are busily texting on their cell phones. A sense of proportion would be in order ... and a sense of humor would be welcome as well.
      Steve & Daisy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thank goodnesss the Carlsbad City Fathers/Mothers are acting agressively to protect the town's citizens from the dangers posed by this fork in the road. It is good to see that they have made removal of this clear and present danger a top priority. Much more important than cracking down on harmless activities such as drunken driving..
      James
      • 2 Years Ago
      The city government is just mad because they did not think of it and it did not cost the city a million dollars.... you know for design, manufacturing of it, surveying, maintenance, excavating,permits, reviews, aerial diagramming, placing it on the ballot, campaigning, town hall meetings, attaching a tax levee..... and lets not forget the Environmental Impact study (Fiasco).....
        Blanche
        • 2 Years Ago
        @James
        How do you know they didn't do all of that and then dismiss it after all the expense? THAT is typical government bureaucracy.
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