Jacob Feazel had an inspiration for a unique way to honor America and the soldiers who fight for its freedom.
The Indiana high school student’s work has now become a worldwide sensation shared more than 250,000 times on Facebook thanks to the fact that Feazel followed up that moment of inspiration with a whole lot of moments of perspiration. In fact, it took him about 56 hours spread over 11 days to create an American flag unlike any other.
A close look explains why. Every single inch of the 4-foot by 6-foot flag is covered with toy soldiers, each painted the proper color and positioned just right. All told, Feazel used between 20 and 30 cans of spray pain and 4,466 toy soldiers.
“I did it to honor those who fight so I can make art,” he said.
“The soldiers are what make the U.S. free, you know? They fight for us so I figured it’s honoring them by putting them in the flag,” he added.
Feazel is a senior at Maconaquah High School in Bunker Hill, Ind., a community he described as “a very patriotic place.”
“I just can’t explain it,” he said. “It’s awesome that it means so much (to others), and I’m getting so much support for doing this.”
The work was all Feazel’s, but spreading the word about it was a labor of love for his mom, Stacy. She documented each stage of his work with pictures and, once it had been loaded onto a pickup truck for delivery to his school, took to Facebook to share with the world that outstanding achievement of her son. Her post had been shared more than 250,000 times as of Monday
“I’m overwhelmed with joy that people are enjoying it as much as we are,” she said. “He’s trying to wow his teacher, but he has wowed the whole country.”
The teen is getting offers to buy his project, but it is not for sale.
“I am incredibly glad that there are young people like Jacob Feazel out there. It’s much nicer to see someone respectfully create a flag than ignorantly burn one. God Bless the USA and Jacob for honoring it,” wrote Vianna Vaughan on DC Gazette.