Fork in the Road – Pasadena, California - Atlas Obscura

Fork in the Road

A bigger-than-life pun that has become a beacon of altruism. 


At the otherwise unremarkable intersection of Pasadena and St. John Avenues in Pasadena, California, two local business owners decided to honor their city with a massive kitchen utensil that doubles as a clever visual gag.

The 18-foot wooden fork stands right where the roads split, literalizing the “fork in the road.” Originally placed by locals Bob Stane and Ken Marshall without the consent of the city, the statue was temporarily removed but has been replaced since the builders purchased the pertinent insurance and blessings from city officials. Since its reinstatement the giant fork has been known as a site for philanthropic efforts such as food drives.   

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Located on Pasadena Ave. and Bellefontaine St.

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