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Cameron Village honors 'Barrel Monster' artist

Posted September 16, 2010

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— A local student and part-time construction worker whose street art has earned him fame and a little attention from law enforcement has gotten a permanent exhibit in Cameron Village.

Joe Carnevale's sculpture "Street Knight" was permanently installed in Cameron Village Public Library's main lobby. Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker attended the dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Carnevale, a history major at North Carolina State University, created "Street Knight" for an Earth Day art competition at the popular Raleigh shopping plaza. The 15-foot-tall knight is made completely of street signs – all used with the permission of authorities.

Members of the Cameron Village Merchant's Association liked the sculpture so much that they decided to purchase it and permanently install it in the library.

Carnevale first captured local and national attention with his "Barrel Monster," a humanoid figure made of construction materials that spoofed traffic diversions on Hillsborough Street. He was charged with taking barrels from a construction site but allowed to do community service in return for the charges being dismissed.

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  • RomneyRyan2012 Sep 16, 2010

    Cool, really cool! Barrel Monster was a great use of our state emblem...

  • nurseangel28328 Sep 16, 2010

    It means "Get a LIFE"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mikeyboy262002 Sep 16, 2010

    Nurseangel - "Well, can"t say I have not dipslayed any artwork in the BIG city of Raliegh, but I do know when I am tired hearing the same hum drum news, so obivious there is nothing going on in NC. And no I am not a NCSU english major I am,"

    What the heck is that supposed to mean?

  • nurseangel28328 Sep 16, 2010

    Well, can"t say I have not dipslayed any artwork in the BIG city of Raliegh, but I do know when I am tired hearing the same hum drum news, so obivious there is nothing going on in NC. And no I am not a NCSU english major I am, but I do work in an enviroment where thieves are not celebrated and and glorified in the news. Get a grip, and Like I said move on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Humungous Sep 16, 2010

    O geez, are not so over this!!!! His 15 minutes of fame is over, move on NC!!!!!
    nurseangel28328

    Are you a NCSU Engish major?

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Sep 16, 2010

    Of course it wasn't right for him to steal the barrels. He paid for that crime, let it go. But that barrel monster was awesome!

  • awr117 Sep 16, 2010

    Sure beats those stupid wolfs that are all around town.

  • nurseangel28328 Sep 16, 2010

    O geez, are not so over this!!!! His 15 minutes of fame is over, move on NC!!!!!

  • Lead by Example Sep 16, 2010

    The barrel monster was awesome, lol.

  • rdmcswai Sep 16, 2010

    Awesome! I live right across the street from the corner it was on and loved it! So exciting it will have a permanent home in CV!

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