(SARASOTA, Fla.) -- The life-sized figure of a man made of Lego pieces was found washed up on a Florida beach Tuesday, and people are scratching their heads as they try to figure out where it came from and what it could possibly mean.
Jeff Hindman reportedly found the bright red, yellow and green “man” as Hindman walked on the Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota County around 7 a.m., according to a report in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
The fiberglass figure measures about 8 feet tall and weighs about 100 pounds, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. In a press release, the department said it had taken the giant Lego man “into protective custody.”
The front of the figure’s bright green “torso” bears the message: “NO REAL THAN YOU ARE.” On the back appears the numeral “8″ and the words “Ego Leonard.”
Ego Leonard is apparently the alter ego of a Dutch artist. A visit to the website, “Prescription Art,” shows a gallery of paintings for sale that all feature the Lego figure alongside messages such as “I Love You,” “Play by the Rules” and, coincidentally, “No Real Than You Are.”
A message on the site, purportedly from the mysterious Ego, reads: “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 …”
Other large Lego figures have previously washed up on beaches in England and Holland.
The Siesta Key Beach figure "is being kept in a secure environment until his owner comes forward,” the police statement added.
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