Last month, an odd visitor was seen on the shores Yuigahama Beach, Kamakura, Japan – a gigantic Lego man.
At first, locals believed the giant toy came out of nowhere, however, they eventually noticed some clues. Tatsuya Hirata, the surfer who first saw the robot man, said he was intrigued and confused about his sighting while surfing at dawn. When he came closer at the shoreline, he saw the giant toy.
With a height of more than eight feet, the toy he saw was dressed in blue pants and a red shirt, printed with, “No Real Than You Are”. At the back, it had the name “Ego Leonard”.
People who saw the Lego man were left asking questions, such as, “Who put him there?”, “Where did he come from?”, and “Why?” Fortunately though, there is an explanation to this strange phenomenon – street art.
In the world of art, every artist has his own signature move. While Space Invader draws Pac-man faces on the facades of the biggest buildings of the planet, Banksy turns ordinary walls into tourist attractions using his signature style of stenciling and painting.
Ego Leonard, an anonymous street artist from the Netherlands, wants to make himself known in the world by putting out his Legomen. He puts his logo in the body of his creation, and then sends them into massive bodies of water.
Leonard’s gigantic yellow toys have been seen mostly in the Western Hemisphere, particularly in the Netherlands, in the United Kingdom, and at a beach in Florida.
Leonard has a very provocative bio on his website. It 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.”
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