When Independence Day rolls around each year, Americans opt for different ways of showing their patriotism. This year, one Norwood resident painted a 600-square-foot American flag on his front lawn, much to the delight of friends and neighbors, he said.
Arthur McCann, 36, first painted his lawn flag two years ago in preparation for his annual Fourth of July party, he said. Last year, when neighbors saw that he didn’t paint the flag, they asked him where it was.
“I felt such a positive response [the first time] that I felt the need to do it again this year,” McCann said. “It comes from nothing but love and patriotism and a positive message.”
McCann’s grandfather, William Murphy, served in the US Navy in World War II, he said, and he considers his family to be “very patriotic.”
McCann used approximately 25 cans of field paint to produce the 20-foot by 30-foot flag by hand, he said. He used stencils to paint the 50 white stars and a large measuring tape to make sure the stripes were straight and of equal length. Assisting him in the process, he said, was his 7-year-old daughter Jenna.
“She made sure all the lines were straight,” McCann said. “She made sure I had 50 stars and 13 stripes.”
The whole project took around two hours to complete, he said, and he plans on doing it again next year.
McCann takes homemade decorations for other holidays to the extreme as well. He said he likes to go all out for Christmas and he’s won the title of “best Halloween decorations” in the nighborhood in years past.
“I’m a builder, a creator,” McCann said. “I’m an art guy.”Andres Picon can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @andpicon.