Tampa International Airport is installing a 21-foot pink flamingo sculpture in its Main Terminal to celebrate “one of Florida’s most well-known birds.”
The sculpture, called “HOME,” was designed by artist Matthew Mazzotta. It’s a “floor-to-ceiling sculpture that depicts a hand-sculpted resin and fiberglass flamingo as it gently dips its head beneath the surface of the water.”
The airport said, “The immersive installation, located prominently near the Shoppes at Bayshore, transports viewers underwater, inviting them to walk up and share a simple moment in the life of one of Florida’s most well-known birds.”
“I think we will find that HOME is aptly named as it will evoke a sense of place for those that experience the artwork,” said Robin Nigh, a member of the City of Tampa’s Manager of Arts and Cultural Affairs, and a member of TPA’s Public Art Committee. “The artwork should provide a visual respite; a sense of home for returning travelers and a sense of arrival for visitors. It is unique, quiet, beautiful, kitsch and fun all at once. HOME will carry the meaning of what individuals bring to it, very much like one’s ‘real’ home.”
The flamingo is one of seven new art pieces approved by the airport out of 734 submissions. Other artwork includes a mixed media mural entitled “Cloud Ascent,” designed by London-based artist Jason Bruges, and a mural featuring a composition of local flora and fauna by New York artist Jason Middlebrook.
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