NC State student arrested for Barrel Monster

Jun 17, 2009
Drivers recently passing through a road construction zone near Raleigh likely found themselves slowing down more than usual, thanks to a menacing-looking orange beast made from construction barrels.

The towering statue was the latest creation of 21-year-old North Carolina State University student Joseph Carnevale, who was arrested and charged with misdemeanor larceny for stealing and artfully repurposing the materials into what he calls the “Barrel Monster,” according to

Raleigh police were evidently familiar with Mr. Carnevale’s work. He’s made barrel art before (see gallery here), but none as monstrous as his latest creation.

The Smoking Gun
reports that damage has been estimated at $360 and his court case is slated for July 21st.

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