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FORK in The Road UPDATE
Through a sticky note the iReporter left on the statue while it was still up, he found the artist and learned more. He said the artist, who wishes to remain anonymous, is a retired teacher who had been wanting to install the fork for 30 years but just now found the time. The city told KFMB in a statement that 'while they appreciate the creativity, it's neither safe nor legal to put objects like that giant wooden fork on public streets or medians,' the TV reporter said.
- dsashin, CNN iReport producer
Today less then 24 hours since The Fork in The Road went up it was unceremoniously removed by the City of Carlsbad for the following reason:
In a statement , city officials said, "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 man we will call "Chuck" installed the fork , is a retired teacher he had been wanting to install The Fork for 30 years but just now found the time . He is not very happy about his crafty, ingenious art being hauled away in the back of a truck AND neither are the residents of this working class neighborhood. Many have empathy for Chuck and ALL got a real chuckle out of seeing the fork. Many if not all of the residents in this neighborhood when giving directions tell people to look for The Fork in the road when they come to the neighborhood for the first time. Some residents are not giving up they are going to talk to the City about having The Fork re-installed.
Today soon after The Fork was removed a neighbor made this sign ( Why the Fork Not)and placed it RIGHT where The Fork had been .....It is a sad thing when a City Department has such little heart or sense of humor to remove a non-threatening, harmless piece of art. Chuck thank you for the laughs we all had looking at The Fork hopefully the City changes it's mind and lets The Fork return even for a week or so.