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I’ve spent winters the past few years in the Tampa Bay area. I love Tampa International Airport (TPA) as it’s easy. I can quickly get from my car or Uber to my gate. The Starbucks lets me place a mobile order. And, I enjoy taking the tram to the terminals. It also has one of my favorite works of art of any airport I’ve visited.
I’m talking about the giant flamingo known as “Home” by artist Matthew Mazzotta. The picture above was taken by Tampa International Airport while it was being constructed earlier this year. The 21-foot flamingo can be found in the main terminal. It fills the entire space floor to ceiling and is meant to be touched (and posed with) as an interactive, immersive piece. The giant bird dips its head under the surface of the water, which is an illusion created by metal panels and ceiling lights.
Anthony’s Take: “Home” was chosen from over 700 entrants and I’m glad it found its way to my winter home. Every time I’m at TPA, I take a few seconds to admire this beautiful bird.
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