Sarasota Sheriffs are trying to crack a real Sherlock Holmes Mystery- how did a giant 8 foot, 100 pound Lego Man wash up on Siesta Key, Florida beach on Tuesday?
Jeff Hindman was taking his morning stroll along the beach when he saw that a large figure had washed ashore. Hindman presumed it was a manatee and got closer, but to his surprise, he saw a giant fiberglass Lego Man. He dragged it to shore and stood it up to read NO REAL THAN YOU ARE on the front and EGO LEONARD with the number 8 on the back.
Just as people wonder how Stonehenge came to be, crowds gathered speculating on how the giant Lego man got to Siesta and where it came from.
Some suggested it may have been a publicity stunt from Legoland in Winter Haven, nearly two hours away. That theory has since been refuted; Legoland's spokesperson has verified that the Siesta Key Beach Lego man is not endorsed by the company.
Two similar Lego men with the same slogan appeared on beaches in Holland and England in 2007 and 2008. It is now believed that the same mysterious Dutch artist, Ego Leonard, is behind all three. When the figure washed up in England, the artist was planning on exhibit in London in the coming weeks.
Ego Leonard is presumed to be the alter ego of the Dutch Artist whose work is on sale on the Web site Prescription Art, which sells gallery work. Other works by the artist on the site include acrylic paintings with larger than life Lego men displaying different slogans.
Ego Leonard's personal Web site, mainly in Dutch, introduces himself in the first person as the Lego man.
My name is Ego Leonard and according to you I come from the virtual world, said the Web site introduction. 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.
The Sarasota County Sheriff's office is now holding the questionable Lego man in custody until it is claimed. If it is not claimed in 90 days, ownership will go to finder Jeff Hindman, who told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune he'll put it on eBay.