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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.
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
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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