A couple of days ago visitors to Brighton beach here in England found something strange washed up on the beach.
Standing 6ft tall, the lego man has no identifying marks, save for a message across his chest, which reads ‘No Real Than You Are’.
Furthermore, police believe a positive identification may be further hampered by the fact that the lego man has no teeth, and hence no dental records, and the fact that the body has been in the water for far too long to acquire a positive DNA sample.
Searching for “No Real Than You Are” on everyone’s favourite search engine throws up a result for a site called www.egoleonard.com.
The link above utilises babelfish for the translation as the site is in Dutch.
An approximate translation of the information there reads as follows –
My name is Ego Leonard and I greet you from the virtual world.
A world which for me stands for luck, solidarity, everything green and blooming, and without rules and restrictions.
Recently, my world has been flooded with luck-seekers and those who want power.
Many new meetings in my virtual world have left me very curious as to your surroundings.
I am here because I thought of your world and wanted to discover and understand it.
Show me all of those beautiful things which your world has to offer.
Be my friend, and tell me tales, take me on your travels to beautiful landscapes, show me your words and gestures.
Using a service such as who.is sometimes provides information as to who owns/runs any given website.
In this instance, it appears that egoleonard is linked to dufois.nI which seems to be a group of artists.
QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS
Does this mean that Lego Man is a piece of promotional artwork, deigned to build exposure to the dufois group?
Or is there a British artist looking to make a name for himself?
Perhaps Lego Man simply crossed the Channel, having been spotted on a Dutch beach last year?
Or, maybe, it is the work of a random hoaxer just looking to have a little fun?
What do you think?