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May 12, 2013

Enid Lego Builder thrills locals with guerrilla art

ENID, Okla. — Someone driving into Enid Friday night might have seen a man walking along Owen K. Garriott Road, carrying a delicately-rolled piece of paper.

He wore vinyl gloves to keep clean from the water-flour mixture he uses in place of glue.

Then, in the span of less than a minute, he hurried from his car toward a hefty power pole near the Heritage Center, where he slapped on what’s become a familiar face around Enid: a stenciled outline of a Lego-person holding a picket sign.

“WE ARE ENID!” the sign boasts.

‘That’s the mystique’

His community-wide project already is more than two years old, but the man behind Enid Lego Builder still gets an adrenaline rush from his nighttime art drops.

Someone could see him, of course. They could recognize him, this married father with a good day job and a nighttime hobby.

“I hope not,” The Builder said, imagining a day when his real identity is made public. “That’s the mystique, I think.”

Still, there’s a part of him that wants to come out. The artist sometimes will visit friends’ homes — friends who don’t know about his alter ego — and they start showing off their various ELB pieces. In that moment, it’s the mystical lore of a local art-bandit that keeps his mouth shut.

“The neighbors don’t know who I am. My own friends don’t know who I am,” he said. “That’s the fun.”

The Builder doesn’t want personal fame. That’s why only about seven people know his true identity.

“I know I have a public warrant on my back. I hate to say it: Let them hunt for me. Either they’re going to find a magnet, or they’re going to find a guy doing it,” he said.

He granted interviews with the Enid News & Eagle on the condition of anonymity, citing his desire to keep the mystique alive.

And he’s no Bruce Wayne or Peter Parker, hiding behind a mask for protection from the authorities. In fact, he’s been in touch with Enid Police Chief Brian O’Rourke, mainly to stay ahead of any unwanted police inquiry.

City Manager Eric Benson also knows of him. It makes sense to be friendly with city officials when you’re pasting art on their property, the logic goes.

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