A Nebraska teenager has built up a large American flag with interlocking plastic bricks on Saturday and a Guinness World Record.
John Long, 17, Omaha, Neb., started with the planning of the construction of the flag with plastic construction bricks in the hope of breaking a record of a year ago, the Omaha World-Herald reported. Long was able to retrieve the 680,000 red, white and blue stones, largely through donations to build the flag.
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After that, the teenager collected a number of volunteers, and a meeting with experts to assist in the design of the flag.
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On Saturday, the teen, along with about 200 volunteers started with the mounting of the flag in the Canfield Plaza Shopping Center’s parking lot.
Some of the Gold Star families contributed to the project by touching each stone on the bottom of the flag in the top left corner to commemorate their dead relatives.
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More than nine hours after the commencement of the construction, the flag was ready. A professional surveyor measured and the flag was of the opinion that the 1.812.52 square feet. The previous world record for the largest statue ever built with interlocking plastic bricks was 1,687 square feet. That record was established in 2013 by a man in the Netherlands, according to the Guinness book of World Records.
“It is unreal to see something that was just an idea two years ago, physically in front of me right now,” Long told the Omaha World-Herald.
Long said all the hard work was worth it. “Even if I scraped off the skin of my fingers…with all the work we put in,” Land said. “I am pleased that we are ready.”