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Massive flamingo sculpture coming to TPA in spring 2022

a giant flamingo sculpture with its beak bent toward the ground
HOME by Matthew Mazzotta | via TPA

Tampa International Airport is getting ready to welcome four new public art works to help beautiful the Airport’s existing spaces and bring to life its new facilities, according to a release from TPA officials.

Before the end of the year, TPA will unveil three newly commissioned works of art, including one in the Main Terminal and two in the soon-to-be-opened building connecting the blue express curbsides to the terminal. The fourth work, the much-anticipated giant flamingo, will be ready in spring 2022.

That’s right, a giant flamingo is going to sit right next to the Shoppes at Bayshore. Hopefully we don’t miss a flight because we can’t stop admiring it.

a series of ladders extending from a gold opening in the ceiling in an airport terminal.
Paths Rising by Aaron Stephan | via TPA

A giant flamingo is arriving at TPA very soon

Paths rising, which will be located on the Main Terminal’s transfer level near the SkyConnect station, is currently being installed and is expected to be complete in late September. The piece, by Aaron Stephan, of Portland, Maine, is a stunning hanging sculpture constructed entirely out of ladders.

The next public works to debut will be a pair of murals inside the blue express curbside’s vertical circulation building, which opens in early November.

One mural, by Jason Middlebrook, of Hudson, NY, features a composition of local flora and fauna and will live on the northwest wall of the building. The other mural, by Catherine Wagner, of Oakland, CA, uses photos that are laser-etched onto anodized aluminum panels to depict a verdant landscape. The work will be located on the northwest wall of vertical circulation building.

Catherine Wagner

Four new works of public art will call Tampa International Airport home

The next – and mostly hotly anticipated – public art work to be installed will be HOME, by Matthew Mazzotta. The expected completion date is Spring 2022.

HOME is a massive, 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 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.

“We are excited about all our new works and how they will enhance the passenger experience, making an already great airport even better,” said Kelly Figley, TPA’s Marketing Manager overseeing the public art program.

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