Tampa International Airport’s Giant Flamingo Gets a Name

by Anthony Losanno
Giant Flamingo

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One of the coolest additions to Tampa International Airport (TPA) is the giant flamingo created by Matthew Mazzotta and titled Home. The 21-foot flamingo bids me goodbye and welcomes me home every time I am at the airport.

Name the Flamingo

The airport launched a contest in November asking passengers to come up with a name for the big bird. The winner would not only get to name the flamingo, but would also receive the following prizes:

  • Four nonstop, roundtrip tickets on Silver Airways
  • A VIP Experience package to Busch Gardens, including four single-day admission tickets, four All Day-Dining passes, four Quick Queue Unlimited passes, and preferred parking
  • A chance to attend the reveal event for the flamingo’s new name in TPA’s Main Terminal

Phoebe flamingo

Over 65,000 entries were received and three finalists were chosen. The possible names included: Phoebe, Cora, and Finn. Phoebe received 16,122 votes, Cora came in second at14,341 votes, and Finn finished in third place with 6,779 votes.

J. Bryan M., a retired educator from Daytona Beach Shores won the contest. He chose Phoebe because it’s “a play on Phoenicopterus – the flamingo’s scientific name ‘Phoebe’ is also a playful alliterative to flamingo and means brilliantly inquisitive. The overall ‘Home’ sculpture is literally brilliant and reveals the flamingo’s inquisitiveness as it hunts for food in the shallows.”

Anthony’s Take: Whether you call it Home or Phoebe or simply the giant flamingo, I’m happy that TPA has this installation and I’ll continue to enjoy seeing it each time I pass through.

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