In light of our recent viewing of what Mark Wagner can do with dollar bills, it is only fitting to feature the impressive work of Joseph Carnevale, 21, of North Carolina. Unlike Wagner who has not been charged with defacing currency, Carnevale has been arrested for his work to enhance the beauty of the lowly construction barrel.
Carnevale made the barrel monster and left it on the side of the road on May 31st. He is a history student at North Carolina State University and has been charged with misdemeanor counts of larceny and possession of stolen property for taking “three road blocking barrels and damaged them by cutting and screwing them together to make a statue.” The damage amounted to $350 to a construction company.
I couldn’t get it out of my head. Its that itch, that need to make real an idea that has rolled around in one’s head for days, snowballed itself into a temporary obsession that just has to be satisfied.
I arrived in a flash and snatched them up from where they stood on the street. As I threw them into the trunk of the vehicle I had to rough them up some so they would fit. I shoved and beat and mangled them into place and was off before any witnesses knew what had even happened.
Later on that night, they stood huddled in the corner of the room, silent. They looked on while I slowly set out the duct tape and plugged in the power drill. Then I pulled out the switchblade and released the cold metal blade. They would never be the same.
Carnevale’s blog brings new meaning to Albert Camus’s famous quote: “A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.”
For the charge, click here.