When you come to a fork in the road, take it ---Yogi BerraThe fork in the road - where road trip adventures sometimes begin...or end. A decision point, a local landmark, and in Simpson County, Kentucky - a 21-foot piece of art.
Designed, built, and installed by welding students at Franklin-Simpson High School in 2018 - the literal "fork in the road" stands at the intersection of Uhls and Bunch Road outside of Franklin in South Central Kentucky. The piece of art instantly became a hit - attracting visitors from Kentucky, nearby Tennessee, and all over the country.
|Simpson County Bicentennial Commemorative Coins that feature the Fork in the Road.|
The Fork in the Road is celebrated throughout Simpson County. During the county's bicentennial in 2019, commemorative coins featured the fork. When I was visiting here in May 2022, I was fortunate to receive two of the Simpson County Bicentennial Coins from a passerby.
Three years later - the students at Franklin-Simpson High School were at it again. This time, the welding students created a 24-foot butter knife sculpture. Called "The Cutting Edge of Simpson County," it is located at the Blackjack Sculpture Park along Blackjack Road - only a few miles from the "fork." The sculpture is considered the world's largest butter knife.
|The latest addition to FSHS' public art portfolio is a working weathervane that features a glider airplane with a 48' wingspan.|
The sculpture park is home to other FSHS welding class creations, including a glider weathervane and the Captain Wildcat Space Shutter. Franklin-Simpson's welding classes have also created additional public art within Franklin.
There's no word yet on when FSHS students will complete the table setting with a giant spoon.
All photos taken by post author - May 3, 2022.
- Witt, Kathy. "The fork that Franklin built." Kentucky Living.
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