A huge, lifesize Lego man washed up on the shore of Siesta Key Beach giving the witnesses the feeling they were watching an elaborate marketing event unfold. Yet, it seems that Legoland isn’t responsible for this endeavor, but a Dutch artist might be. The eight foot tall figurine made of fiber glass and baring the marking “NO REAL THAN YOU ARE” was discovered by a man who was taking a walk on the beach early morning on Tuesday.
Ego Leonard is considered to be the mastermind behind the event. The name of the Lego man creator might just as well be the name of the figurine itself as on all his online accounts, Facebook, Twitter and email, Leonard presents the same persona: the Lego man happy to have made it ashore and to discover nice people in Florida. “I am glad I crossed over. Although it was a hell of a swim. Nice weather here and friendly people. I think I am gonna stay here for a while”.
Ego’s web site titles the same markings as the Lego figurine shirt “NO REAL THAN YOU ARE”, and one of his painting exhibitions presented at St. Art Gallery is composed solely of Lego figurines related art work.
This wasn’t the first time a Lego man washed up on a beach. Similar events took place in Netherlands and England in 2007 and 2008.
Herald Tribune reports that a representative of Legoland dismissed the event as being a marketing stunt designed by the company or any of its branches, the Orlando Legoland Park or the mother company, Merlin Entertainment Group.
The figurine is currently “in arrest” at the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and might end up in the permanent custody of Jeff Hindman if no one claims it for the next three months. He plans on selling it on eBay in case this scenario actually takes place.
Meanwhile the giant figurine can very well make for a fresh inspiration for an inexpensive Halloween costume as all it would require to dress up as the mysterious Lego man is a green T-shirt, red pants and some white letters.