Fork whets Pasadena’s artistic appetite

By Nicole Santa Cruz. Los Angeles Times. November 7, 2009
The 18-foot-tall utensil was stealthily erected as a birthday present. Now the city is considering keeping it as a piece of street art.

A bike rider passes by the fork at the division of St. John and Pasadena avenues. It was erected as a surprise 75th birthday present for Bob Stane of Altadena. He had playfully suggested the idea to a friend 10 years ago. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times / November 6, 2009)

A bike rider passes by the fork at the division of St. John and Pasadena avenues. It was erected as a surprise 75th birthday present for Bob Stane of Altadena. He had playfully suggested the idea to a friend 10 years ago. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times / November 6, 2009)

Pasadena has a fork in the road. And it’s 18 feet tall.

Where south St. John and south Pasadena avenues divide, there’s a towering wooden silver fork in the traffic median. The utensil has a black steel skeleton and is rooted in 2 1/2 feet of concrete.

The art was originally intended as a surprise for Bob Stane of Altadena, who celebrated his 75th birthday Oct. 29. But Caltrans, which owns the median, and Pasadena, which maintains the land, are deciding whether to keep it up for a while as an impromptu piece of street art.

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SOURCE:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-pasadena-fork7-2009nov07,0,1914605,full.story

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