Last week an 8ft tall 100 pound fiberglass statue floated ashore on Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, FL. Made to look like one of the Lego figurines that come with their popular building kits, the statue had the following message printed in the middle of its body--"No Real Than You Are." The name Ego Leonard and the number 8 appeared on the back.
|Image courtesy of Hypervocal.com|
The quirkiness of this story more than anything caught my attention. We are so busy trying to seal our borders from "illegal aliens" these days that the thought of a giant Lego Man washing ashore in Florida is well--freaking hilarious.
Lego Man's emergence also exposes two interesting aspects of American character. One is the almost complete lack of humor possessed by most government authorities. The Sheriff's department seems more concerned about who owns this large piece of fiberglass than why it showed up on the beach in the first place. They also seem oblivious to the fact that (gasp!) it might simply be a piece of performance art. Ego Leonard, a Dutch artist, has done similar stunts all around the world. The other is the greedy nature of some of my fellow citizens. Jeff Hindman has stated that if the police do turn the Lego Man over to his custody, he plans to sell it on EBAY. Needless to say, he's hoping that the police attitude of this statute as being primarily part of a lost and found case remains constant.
So much for whimsy. Here's a thought. Why not buy Lego Man a nice tropical print shirt, a straw hat, and a drink. He was just hanging out at the beach after all until some jerk arrested him and locked him in jail. Way to go Mr. Policeman. Ruining a dude's bodacious vacation plans.