He’s an 8-foot-tall, 100- pound fiberglass “Lego Man” who was recently found washing up to the shores of the Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Fla.
And apparently, He’s the newest beach bum in town.
On October 25th, this Lego Man caught the attention of many when Jeff Hindman lugged it to shore during his morning stroll. Lego Man’s unexpected arrival was documented and shared with the world through YouTube as spectators dropped by.
The Lego Man, standing nearly a head above his finder, had no note or explanation attached, but his shirt read “No Real Than You Are”. Initially it was speculated that this was a PR stunt by Legoland, however those rumors were denied by Julie Estrada, a company spokesperson speaking to the Los Angeles Times.
Rather the statue was created by a Dutch artist named Ego Leonard. The Sarasota Police report explains that the name was inscribed on the back of Lego Man’s shirt. Leonard’s website, although mostly in Dutch, explains that he believes he lives in a virtual world.
“A world that for me represents happiness, solidarity, all green and blossoming, with no rules or limitations.”
The website shows pictures of the Lego Man around the world as Leonard has also dropped the statue onto the shores of Zandvoort, Holland and Brighton, England.
Online he also asks viewers to share with him what they think is beautiful in their worlds, and he displays pictures and stories of those who have responded. The website even has a link to purchase Lego Man’s “No Real Than You Are” shirt.
For now, the Lego Man remains in the custody of Sarasota police. He will remain there for 90 days under the protocol of lost goods. Only if his owner comes forward will he be released. The Sarasota Herald- Tribune reports that Ego Leonard sent them an email speaking as though he were Lego Man.
“I am glad I crossed over. Although it was a hell of a swimm,” the email said. “Nice weather here and friendly people. I think I am gonna stay here for a while. A local sheriff escorted me to my new home… In case people want to take me on new adventures, just that you know, I have been invited to stay here for 90 days, everybody is welcome to show me all the beautiful surroundings while I am here.”
If Lego Man is not claimed by Leonard within the 90 day limit, he will be released to Hindman who claims that he plans to sell the art piece on Ebay.
Photo taken by Jeff Hindman