Giant flamingo sculpture at Tampa International Airport
The airport first announced plans for the 21ft artwork in March 2020.
TAMPA, Florida – It’s big, it’s pink, and it’s about as much Florida as you can get.
We’re talking about the highly anticipated giant flamingo arriving at Tampa International Airport.
The 21-foot artwork titled “HOME” is a floor-to-ceiling resin and fiberglass sculpture of a flamingo dipping its head in water by artist Matthew Mazzotta. It should be installed near the airport shops in Bayshore.
Plans for the installation of the sculpture were first announced in March 2020 along with six other pieces as part of the airport’s public art program. The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority Board selected the parts from 734 local and international submissions.
Other parts, which were installed in 2021, include:
“I think we’ll find HOME to be aptly named because it will evoke a sense of place for those who encounter the artwork,” said Robin Nigh, City of Tampa Arts and Culture Affairs Director and member of the TPA Public Art Committee. in March 2020.
“The work of art should provide visual respite; a sense of place for returning travelers and a sense of arrival for visitors. It’s unique, calm, beautiful, kitsch and fun all at the same time. HOME will carry the meaning of what individuals bring to it, just like its “real” home.
After facing several delays, airport officials announced last year that HOME was to be completed by spring 2022.
The airport is expected to share a “major flamingo update” at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.