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Pasadena's 'Fork in the Road' could return soon

August 9, 2011 | 11:43 am


The city of Pasadena could soon see the return of one its most memorable works of public art in recent years -- "Fork in the Road," the large-scale eating utensil that first went up in 2009 on a median near St. John and Pasadena Avenues.

The Pasadena Star-News reports that artist Ken Marshall has obtained the necessary liability insurance that the city asked him to purchase. "It was really hard to find an insurance company that doesn't laugh when they hear what you want to insure -- or charge unreasonable fees," Marshall told the Star-News.

Eventually, the artist found a company that would insure at a rate he could afford, and coverage that the city would approve.

As the Times reported in 2009, "Fork in the Road" stands 18 feet tall and was erected as a 75th birthday prank on Bob Stane, the owner of the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena. The artwork was removed in June 2010.

The Star-News reports that the giant fork has been stored at David Smith Construction in Altadena, where it has undergone an overhaul, including the creation of a new structural base.


Fork in the road might become art

Fork whets Pasadena's artistic appetite

-- David Ng

Photo: "Fork in the Road" in 2009. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times