Famous fork finds new home

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SAN DIEGO – The famous “Fork in the Road” sculpture that was stopping traffic in Carlsbad has a new home.

The unlikely piece of art is going to the Meals On Wheels headquarters at 2254 San Diego Avenue.

Chuck Carroll, the artist behind the wooden sculpture, usually creates small projects around his home, but he was taken aback when his fork project took on a life of it’s own.

famous fork finds new homeIt never ceases to amaze me how much attention this fork got,” Carroll said. “The best thing about this is that after four months my 15 minutes of fame is going to finally be over.”

Carroll’s famous fork had the City of Carlsbad wondering what route it should take.

The retired teacher placed it in an intersection in La Costa near his house as a joke, but it started stopping traffic.

It was so popular the city took it down because it was safety hazard.

Carroll’s neighbors started leaving signs and making designs on the pavement in plastic forks.

He tried to work the city to put it up permanently, but after months of meetings officials turned down the idea.

Meals On Wheels CEO Debbie Case had been following the story and she was happy to take it. Aside from the obvious, it’s a symbol for what they do.

“As a senior reaches that point in their life that they have to make a decision of whether to go into assisted care or stay in their own home, we have the ability to help them stay there and age in place,” Case said. “That’s the fork that they reach and we’re there for them.”