San Diego, California News Station - KFMB Channel 8 -

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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