September 21, 2009
Police help repair Barrel Dinosaur
Police in North Carolina looking into reported vandalism of a sculpture said the suspects, including an off-duty officer, were actually repairing the item.
The Barrel Dinosaur at the SPARKcon festival in Raleigh, N.C., is the work of Joseph Carnevale, who was sentenced to community service for taking orange barrels from a construction site and turning them into a piece called the Barrel Monster. He created the Barrel Dinosaur for the city festival, where he is serving his community service hours -- and the statue needed repair after it found early Sunday to have been knocked down, The (Raleigh) News & Observer reported Monday.
Police said officers responded to the call and sorted out the confusion with the off-duty officer, who was working security for the festival. The off-duty officer and volunteers managed to re-erect the sculpture with only minor damage that included missing claws and a few dents.