Austin Schultz, a senior at Calvert Catholic High School, has a lot to be excited about. His artwork, titled "CAPS," has made it to the 2013 Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition in Columbus.
"I am excited, to say the least," Schultz said. "I came up with the idea over the summer. I wanted to do something unique and different to appeal to the judges."
The piece is a self-portrait made of about 5,000 plastic bottle caps and is 4 feet by 5 feet. Schultz worked on the project during his free time and said it took about 75 hours to complete.
Schultz said he was inspired by a similar project from artist Mary Ellen Croteau.
The impressionistic self-portrait was first seen at the Calvert Catholic School art exhibition held at the Tiffin University Diane Kidd Art Gallery.
Many people from Calvert and members of the community donated bottle caps for the project, Schultz said.
"I had to throw away about 10,000 caps I had left over," he said.
In addition to the governor's show Schultz has was named as the College of Mount St. Joseph's first-place winner for its 2012 High School Art Contest.
"That is just an addition," Schultz said.
Art teacher Marla Shultz said she believes the judges were drawn to the piece due to its size.
What draws the teacher to the piece is the wide variety of colors and, even up close, it is interesting to look at.
To see the whole view you would have to stand about 25 feet away or "the farther the better," she said.