SARASOTA -- The Lego man will be cooling his Fiberglas heels for 90 days, but indications are that he could be headed to the Sarasota Chalk Festival, which opens Tuesday.
"We are hopeful," said Denise Kowal, founder of the festival in an email on Friday.
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has the giant fiberglass figure in “protective custody” after a beachgoer found it Tuesday morning on the beach at Siesta Key.
Legoman will remain in the sheriff's custody for the statutorially required time until the owner comes forward to claim him, SCSO spokeswoman Sarah Kenniff said Friday morning.
The sculpture has tentatively been identified as “Ego Leonard,” the name on the back of his shirt. No one is sure how he arrived at the beach, whether he was placed there or if he washed up in the surf, according to the sheriff’s office.
A Dutch artist is expected to create an extra large 3-D image at the festival.
"They hope it will help set the friendly giant Lego Man free in time for the festival that officially starts on Nov. 4," according to a festival press release.
Leonard is about 8 feet tall, weighs approximately 100 pounds and is made of fiberglass. 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.”
The Sarasota Chalk Festival is in its fourth year. More than 250 artists are expected to participate in the fest held in downtown Sarasota.