One can now see the proverbial “fork in the road” in Pasadena, CA. As a 75th birthday surprise for Bob Stane, several friends erected a huge fork in an area where the road splits, or forks. His friends donned fake Caltrans uniforms and hard hats, cemented the fork in place and surprised Stanes with a “fork-in-the-road party” complete with birthday cake.
After reading about it in the Saturday LA Times, I of course had to see it first hand and took several photos. It is huge as well as fun and whimsical.
Made of wood, it is painted silver with a black steel skeleton and held in place with over 2 feet of concrete. If the fork is deemed safe and secure following an inspection this week, the city is considering keeping it up for a while as in impromptu piece of street art.
“To my knowledge, there hasn’t been a mystery piece of public art just popping up in the city,” Stephanie DeWolf, deputy director of Planning and Development told the LA Times. “We’ve heard from a lot of people and they are enjoying it,” she continued.
The huge fork has become a celebrity of sorts, making news on radio and TV stations as well as newspapers. There is apparently a blog with a YouTube video to be on soon.
I for one hope the city decides to keep it. A little whimsy now and then doesn’t hurt. The triangle of land where the fork resides is just dirt and somewhat dismal. Perhaps it could become a home for rotating public art pieces. In the meantime, people in the Pasadena area are enjoying their own fork in the road!
Cheri is a freelance writer living in Southern California. She has two grown children and is the proud grandmother of three.
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