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‘Fork in the Road’ Is Gone, But Nationwide Fame is Still Being Served Up

The retiree who created it was disappointed to see it removed by the city after only 24 hours.

Someone at Carlsbad City Hall took Yogi Berra’s advice literally: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” But the city lacked the baseball sage’s sense of humor.

Twenty-four hours after it was planted, gaining national fame, a 6-foot-high fork on the island between Levante Street and Anillo Way was removed.

It took 14 planks of wood, glue, chrome-colored spray paint and several months of work for a longtime Carlsbad resident to create the fork he’s had in his mind for 30 years.

The fork went up Tuesday morning, created by a retiree who asked to remain anonymous.

“Shortly after buying my home, whenever I’d give friends directions to my house, I’d tell them to turn right at fork in the road,” the retiree told Patch. “Then in late 70’s The Muppet Movie came out and they had a giant fork stuck in the road. I wanted to do it ever since. This year I retired as high school math and physics teacher and I had time to do construction."

“Every response I saw and heard about was positive; people got a big kick out of it. Everyone was disappointed when the city tore it down 24 hours later—at least a few people got to enjoy it and take some photos.”

Carlsbad resident Jim Grant was one of those people who saw the fork and snapped a picture of it. He posted it on CNN iReport, and it later gained local and national media attention.

According to iReport, city officials released the following statement, “Although the fork in the road remains, the literal fork was removed this morning. We appreciate the creativity, but it’s not legal or safe to put objects like this on public streets or medians.”

The creator said he “had no idea it would get so much attention” but will now focus his time on other hobbies like continuing to volunteer in the community. 

Tapple November 02, 2012 at 01:21 PM
How about it La Costa, wouldn't it be nice to landscape this traffic medium? It only needs some low maintenance plants and then the City Arts Commission can place a piece of art here, I vote for the fork. Contact the City and ask for landscaping!
Chuck Carroll November 07, 2012 at 03:20 PM
The Cultural Arts Office has been formally notified with a proposal the fork be donated to the city as a gift. They in turn will present this information to the Collections Advisory Committee. After they review this information, the Collections Advisory Committee will make its recommendation including the site location to the Carlsbad Arts Commission. The Arts Commission will then solicit comments from the public. If they decide to move forward, the Arts Commission will write an agenda bill for the Carlsbad City Council decide on.
Chuck Carroll December 14, 2012 at 06:59 PM
There will be a Collections Advisory Committee meeting on Tuesday, Dec 18, at 10 am in the Cultural Arts Office, 2955 Elmwood St. At this meeting, the fate of the fork will be discussed. The meeting is open to the public.
Chuck Carroll January 18, 2013 at 01:36 AM
The Carlsbad Arts Commission approved the Collections Advisory Committee's recommendation not to accept my donation offer at their meeting on Jan. 3, 2013. The December 18 meeting was covered by a local news station. http://www.cbs8.com/story/20377834/decision-on-carlsbad-fork-in-the-road-set-for-january Shortly after the December 18 meeting I heard from the President and CEO of Meals on Wheels. She has been following the story and told she would love to be the recipient of "The Fork". If you are not familiar with this organization, here is their website: http://www.meals-on-wheels.org/ The fork will be formally presented to Meals on Wheels at their board meeting at noon on Tuesday, January 22 in their administration building. 1st floor meeting room 2254 San Diego Ave San Diego, CA 92110 It looks like this story may have a happy ending after all.
Tapple January 18, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Thanks again Chuck for giving the whole community cause to smile! :) I drive by this traffic medium everyday with a faint hope that someone else will strive to inspire us. And I still hold at hope the City will see fit to landscape this blighted traffic medium. Just a few low maintenance plants and then the City Arts Commission can place a piece of art here; I vote for a steel replica of the 'original fork' by creator Chuck Carroll. Contact the City and ask for landscaping!

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