Giant Lego Man Was Found On Florida Beach [Video]

For many centuries people have been finding “bottle”- messages. Well, it’s quite an interesting experience to receive such kind of mail. But have you ever found a huge Lego figure on the beach? No? But a man from Florida has.

Jeff Hindman was walking along lovely Siesta Key Beach in Florida on Tuesday morning when he suddenly noticed something huge floating in the water. When he came closer he found an 8-foot-tall, 100-pound fiberglass Lego man.

“It doesn’t make sense,” Hindman says. He took a picture, then pulled the 45-kilos statue out of the water and stood it up. On Lego man’s green shirt was a message, saying “No Real Than You Are.” Yeah, we don’t get it either.

After passers-by had sufficiently ogled the strange figure, sheriffs confiscated it, and are searching for its owner. The theories of the beachgoers differed: A toy that fell off a boat? An artist’s statement about the human condition in the 21st century? A marketing campaign for the new Legoland amusement park near Orlando?

The 8-foot-tall Lego-man washed up overnight on Siesta Key beach. Photo provided by Jeff Hindman

The officials can’t answer the question “why the plastic figure showed up on the shore?”  Amanda Santoro, Assistant Brand Relations Manager at LEGO refused commenting on it but did say that the “stunt” was “in no way endorsed or sponsored by the LEGO Group or its affiliates.”

The appearance of the figure has caused more questions than answers – especially after other Lego men have made similar appearances around the world.

The similar Lego figures with the same grammatical mistakes in a message were found on beaches in Zandvoort resort (Holland) in 2007 and Brighton Beach (England) in 2008. On the back of the Siesta Key Lego man’s shirt is the name “Ego Leonard” and the number 8.

Ego Leonard might be the name of the behind the Siesta Beach Lego man’s creator, or it might just be a name of the statue.

Ego Leonard website was found that gives the toy a voice:

My name is Ego Leonard and according to you I come from the virtual world. A world that for me represents happiness, solidarity, all green and blossoming, with no rules or limitations.”

Lately however, my world has been flooded with fortune-hunters and people drunk with power. And many new encounters in the virtual world have triggered my curiosity about your way of life. I am here to discover and learn about your world and thoughts.

Show me all the beautiful things that are there to admire and experience in your world. Let’s become friends, share your story with me, take me with you on a journey through beautiful meadows, words, sounds and gestures.

Leonard replied to e-mailed, sent to him, “I am glad I crossed over. Although it was a hell of a [swim],” he said. “Nice weather here and friendly people. I think I am gonna stay here for a while.” He’s staying in character on his Twitter and Facebook pages, too.

There’s another version, when the name, written on the fiberglass man’s back, is meant. It also might be the name of a Netherlands artist, but it isn’t immediately clear whether it was a real name or if an artist used it behind the work.

The giant now in the custody of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, a spokeswoman for Legoland said “the Lego man was a counterfeit and was not endorsed by Legoland or its parent company, Merlin Entertainments Group.”

If no one claims ownership within 90 days it will become a case of “finders, keepers” and will be returned back to Hindman. “I’ll put it on eBay,” Hindman says. [Via Yahoo! Games, Herald Tribune and Newser]

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