'Barrel Monster' creator decorates Cameron Village

Posted April 25, 2010 9:22 a.m. EDT
Updated April 25, 2010 1:12 p.m. EDT

— 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.