For a fine arts project at his university, art student Joel Brochu spent a whopping 8 months meticulously recreating a photograph using tiny nonpareils (the tiny sprinkles used on cakes and donuts). 221,184 individual sprinkles were placed on the 4-foot-wide board, which was covered with double-sided tape and a thin layer of glue. Each sprinkle was placed by hand using jewelry tweezers.
A custom computer program was used to break the photo down into individual sprinkles, of which there were only six colors: red, orange, green, blue, black, and white. They were combined in different ways to create the different hues seen in the resulting piece — similar to how inkjet printers work. Once completed, the piece was permanently preserved using some clear acrylic resin.