The Giant Lego Man washed up on Yuigahama beach in Kamakura Japan was spotted at dawn by surfer Tatsuya Hirata. He said that the giant Lego figurine came with a few clues. The Lego man was wearing blue trousers and a red top bearing the cryptic message ‘no real than you are’ on the front and the name Ego Leonard on the back.
This isn’t the first time Ego’s been spotted though. Similar figures with the same message have been washing up at different locations over several years.
The first arrived on a beach near Zandvoort in the Netherlands in 2007.
A second turned up on Brighton Beach in 2008,
and followed by one in Florida in 2011.
Through Time it was found out that there is a Dutch artist who works under the name of Ego Leonard and has a love for giant Lego people. It is suspected whoever is behind these works has also been making the giant figures.
Giant Lego tends to appear in areas currently hosting exhibits by the artist Ego, so it would appear to be a little guerrilla marketing.
“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, and take me with you on a journey through beautiful meadows, words, sounds and gestures.””
Please check Ego’s website HERE.
The art project has been travelling the world for some time and it’s anyone’s guess which beach he will land on next.