SARASOTA- Early Tuesday, a local man was out for a quiet walk on the beach in Siesta Key Village when he stumbled upon quite the unusual coastline castaway: an 8 ft. tall ‘Lego man.’ Jeff Hindman dragged the statue out of the water while a crowd of onlookers gathered, says the Herald Tribune.
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office press release indicates that it is unclear whether the large, yellow Lego man washed ashore or was placed on the beach in Tampa’s neighbor to the south.
The Building Blocks
The Lego man is made of fiberglass and weighs approximately 100 lbs., according to the Sheriff’s Office press release. The front of his shirt bears the phrase ‘No Real Than You Are,’ while the back reveals a number 8, along with the name ‘Ego Leonard.’
Speculation as to the identity of Ego Leonard, rumored to be a Dutch artist, has been circulating. Boing-Boing revealed that similar statues, assumed to be the work of the same artist, have also surfaced on beaches in recent years; first in Zandvoort, Holland, and then at Brighton Beach, England. The article also mentioned the Ego Leonard website, whose headline is, you guessed it, ‘No Real Than You Are,’ and whose content is full of cryptic statements.
Meanwhile, the Palm Beach Post has sent an email to the artist regarding the latest beached sculpture. The answers are both full of creative license and little information: check them out here.
A spokesperson for Legoland, which recently opened in nearby Winter Haven, Fl, told the Herald-Tribune that the Lego man is in no way affiliated with the company.
If no one claims the piece in 90 days, Hindman can claim it. His plan, according to the Herald-Tribune? To sell the original artwork on eBay!
How does it all stack up?
The origins of the Lego man on local shores are a mystery, and you might be wondering about the mystery behind a post about this topic in the Tampa consignment fashion section. So glad you asked!
Consignment fashion is the hallmark of those of us on a budget, and Halloween throws a wrench in the fall savings plan every year with an impulse buy or a lure from the Internet. This year, create a unique and topical Halloween costume in the form of Lego man with a quick trip to the consignment store for some basics, a visit to the local crafts store, and a few cardboard boxes.
It can be easy to fashion a Halloween costume from a consignment store with a little effort, especially in the Tampa area, where ‘Lego man’ is a hot topic.
First, head down to your local thrift store and pick up a yellow turtleneck, some red or blue pants, and light gloves. If you can’t find the right colors, grab some light base items and pick up dye at the crafts store.
Next, find a cardboard box-ask the grocer’s, raid your garage, etc.- and cut out holes for the arms and head to fit comfortably through. Spray paint the box green and use stencils from the craft store-or freehand, if you are steady- to write your catchphrase of choice on front and back.
It’s all about the accessories
After the top half is done, use shoeboxes to fashion flat tops and sides to fit over your sneakers, and spray paint those to match the pants.
Dye the gloves to match the yellow turtleneck.
If you are interested, find a blank mask at a party store and paint on a black mouth and eyes.
Finally, stack a round tube on top of a smaller box and spray paint them both yellow, to create the iconic Lego block for your ‘Lego man’ Halloween costume.
And there you have it: an original, on topic Halloween costume created from consignment and DIY goods.
A Guesstimated List of the Items Required
*Turtleneck, Yellow, or white with yellow dye
*Gloves, same as above
*Pants, red or blue, or light pants with dye
*Shoebox, spraypainted to match pant
*Spray paint- Green for top, Yellow for head, Red/Blue for feet
*Large cardboard box
*Small cardboard box or bucket
*Small round tube
*Face mask, painted (optional)
For a visual tutorial in creating a more complex ‘Lego man’ Halloween costume, please view this YouTube video.