'Barrel monster' creator gets community service
An N.C. State student who created a "monster" out of construction barrels was sentenced Tuesday to 50 hours of community service.Posted — Updated
District Judge Vince Rozier deferred judgment against Joseph Carnevale until Oct. 30. If Carnevale complies with the sentence, the charges against him will be dismissed.
Raleigh police charged the 21-year-old history major and part-time construction worker last month with misdemeanor larceny and destruction of property after he took the orange-and-white traffic barrels from a construction site near N.C. State.
The 10-foot "barrel monster," which Carnevale said was supposed to be sticking out its thumb for a ride along Hillsborough Street, grabbed attention on social networking Web sites, with thousands of supporters calling on the Wake County District Attorney's Office to dismiss the charges.
Hamlin Associates, the construction company that owns the barrels Carnevale used, has become a fan of his work and has asked him to create a replica of the figure that led to his arrest on June 10.
His advice to other artists: "Don't get caught."