A Carlsbad city crew removed the fork, which was made from wood painted silver, Wednesday, one day after it appeared on an island at the center of the intersection, KFMB-TV, San Diego, reported Friday.
"Although the fork in the road remains, the literal fork was removed this morning. We appreciate the creativity, but it's not legal or safe to put objects like this on public streets or medians," CNN quoted a statement from the city as saying.
The 62-year-old artist behind the sculpture, who asked to remain anonymous to avoid fines from the city, said he is hoping officials will reconsider. He said the sculpture was inspired by a scene in "The Muppet Movie."