Jacob Feazel is a typical 17-year-old high school senior at Maconaquah High School in Bunker Hill, Indiana. Earlier this month, however, the teen became somewhat of a local celebrity when his mother shared a photo of his incredibly patriotic senior art project. Jacob made a massive American flag that's beautiful from afar, but it's what it looks like when viewed up close that caught the attention of local news media (and eventually, the rest of the Internet).
You see, Jacob's flag is made up of some rather unconventional materials - thousands of plastic toy soldiers, the kind you used to get in a big bag when you were a little kid. He spent a total 56 hours over the course of 11 days meticulously spray-painting, arranging, and gluing a grand total of 4,466 toy soldiers to a 4-by-6 foot wooden platform. He says the piece is a tribute to the brave men and women who actually give the flag its meaning by sacrificing themselves to allow the rest of us to wave the flag freely.
After his mother, Stacey, uploaded some pictures of the project to her Facebook, it quickly went viral and was shared by tens of thousands of people in just a few days. Stacey estimates that 60% of the shares came from armed services families and organizations. They've even received multiple offers to buy the piece, but Jacob wants to hold on to it for now and submit it for a few scholarships to help pay for college in the fall.