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The "Barrel Monster" - Click above for image gallery of more barrel creations

A student at North Carolina State University has been arrested and charged with larceny for swiping some of those bright orange construction barrels from the road and creating what has been dubbed the "Barrel Monster". Joseph Carnevale, who also went by the handle "U Live and You Burn" before he was caught and his real name revealed, has made barrel art before (see gallery below), but none were so brash, or so big, as the Barrel Monster. Aside from being an artist, Carnevale also does graffiti and is an "Urban Explorer", which basically means he trespasses in all those cool places that citizens aren't supposed to go like construction sites, sewer drains and abandoned buildings.

He has also chronicled his exploits on a blog at nopromiseofsafety.com where he is currently soliciting compassionate parties to write on his behalf to the prosecutor. Let's hope the DA doesn't browse his blog, as it's filled with evidence of trespassing, vandalism and the like. Though some public property was damaged in the case of Carnevale's Barrel Monster, we do hope they let him off light. Frankly, most highways could use a Barrel Monster. Thanks for the tip, Bryan!




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      • 6 Years Ago
      That is pointless. What harm is that doing.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think a fine and paying for damages would be a good punishment.
        • 6 Years Ago
        true, but it is destruction/vandalism of property that isnt his.
        i did have a good laugh at the pics.
        • 6 Years Ago
        $80 for a barrel. Now there is the real crime
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, I hope the punishment fits the crime... which would be restitution and that's about it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        jetleaf has the MOST logical thought on this topic
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is GREAT! I SO can't work in 3-D so when I see someone who does it this well I am amazed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would just give him community service
      but state we'll give you old materials you need, make us some stuff for some of the parks or whatever

      talent like that should be directed, not crushed
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yep... if they read his blog, he's SCREWED.
      Aubs
      • 6 Years Ago
      I appreciate the art he created... However, one can purchase the barrels here: http://www.trafficsafetystore.com/SubCatMProdDetails.aspx?CID=4&SCID=29

      He probably feels he's living a Bohemian lifestyle, but in my opinion, since one can purchase the barrels, this is theft. It's unfortunate.
      • 6 Years Ago
      LET HIM GO!!! I'll pay for one of the barrels. I wish the prosecutor had some email we could all write to.. that way millions more people could chime in.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I would also buy him a barrel too. I think is cool looking but he should get his own art medium that way he will have no trouble with the law.
      • 6 Years Ago
      He shouldn't even pay a fine. The barrels haven't necessarily been destroyed - they're still serving their intended purpose - they just look a little different.

      If somebody from the highway department did the same thing they'd get an award from the city council.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Glad the police have time to crack this case, find this guy, and arrest him.

      Not like there are car thefts, drug trafficking, etc. that need to be looked after.
      Jvijil
      • 6 Years Ago
      LMAOOO
      • 6 Years Ago
      ...arrested? many people pay to see lesser works
      • 6 Years Ago
      That guy is my hero.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Destruction of property like that carries a heavier fine than murder in some states. Check out the fine for the guy that took a axe to a traffic camera in Arizona.

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