'Barrel Monster' creator decorates Cameron Village

Posted April 25, 2010

— A new street sculpture by the creator of the locally popular "Barrel Monster" was unveiled in Cameron Village Saturday as part of its Earth Day celebrations.

North Carolina State University student Joe 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.

His new sculpture, "Street Knight," was installed at the corner of Cameron Street and Woodburn Road in the popular Raleigh shopping plaza. The 15-foot-tall knight is made completely of street signs. All the materials were used with the permission of authorities.

The work by Carnevale, a history major and part-time construction worker, was sponsored by Le Chase Construction and commissioned for Cameron Village's Earth Day celebration.

Other art works by students were set up around Cameron Village as part of its "Scrap to Sculpture Contest." N.C. State student Laura Maruzella and Green Hope High School student Devine Sidney took home the $1,000 first-place prize.


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  • ForTheLoveOf Apr 26, 2010

    Interesting how he didn't even win first yet he's the only one who's artwork was shown. Crime must equal fame now-a-days. What a way to teach our up and coming generations.

  • YoucanthandletheTRUTH Apr 26, 2010

    Nice job...glad to see he will not be arrested this time!

  • Travised Apr 26, 2010

    I liked the barrel monster! Didn't the crew (construction) NOT want to press charges in that incident?

  • shellrocks2000 Apr 26, 2010

    glad to see he got permission this time, i'd hate to see him arrested again as a murderer got a away. good work!

  • NCGirlie Apr 26, 2010

    This guys is awesome! This is better than some of the stuff I've seen in museums.

  • maydaymanny Apr 26, 2010

    It is better than much of the art work the city purchases...rock on with green art.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Apr 26, 2010

    Would be nice to see a picture of the Barrel Monster creator.

  • Cat22 Apr 26, 2010

    If this guy puts his talent and effort in the right places, he can certainly make his mark in the art world. He needs to use that talent.