SARASOTA -- An 8-foot-tall, 100-pound fiberglass Lego Man that turned up on the beach at Siesta Key this week appears headed to the Sarasota Chalk Festival that begins in downtown Sarasota on Tuesday.
Friday, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, which has custody of Lego Man, was still playing it straight.
Lego Man will remain in the sheriff’s custody for the legally required time -- 90 days -- until the owner comes forward to claim him, SCSO spokeswoman Sarah Kenniff said Friday morning.
Denise Kowal, founder of the Chalk Festival, was asked whether Lego Man might be headed downtown.
“We are hopeful,” Kowal said in an email.
The Sarasota Chalk Festival is in its fourth year. More than 250 artists are expected to participate in the fest held in downtown Sarasota.
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office placed the Lego Man in “protective custody” after a beachgoer found it Tuesday morning.
The sculpture has tentatively been identified as “Ego Leonard,” the name on the back of his shirt.
The only other identifying information was the writing on the front of his shirt which says “No Real Than You Are” and the number “8” on his back.
According to the website http://www.egoleonard.nl/ego_gb.html, Ego Leonard comes “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, take me with you on a journey through beautiful meadows, words, sounds and gestures.”