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TPA’s Phoebe the flamingo honored by prestigious CODAawards

The design award honors works that successfully integrate art into public spaces.


It’s hard to miss Phoebe on your way to catch your flight at TPA.

Three cheers for Phoebe.

Tampa International’s lanky, 21-ft tall flamingo was just honored by the national CODAawards. The prestigious honor selects works that successfully integrate art into public spaces.

The sculpture, created by artist Matthew Mazzotta + named by a TBAY resident, made it into the 2023 CODAawards Top 100. And now, Phoebe’s up against public art across the globe in a people’s choice competition.

“It’s an enormous honor to have one of TPA’s public art pieces selected as a top 100 by the CODAawards jury, and we’d love to spread the word to all of our passengers and community members who have enjoyed seeing and interacting with Phoebe the flamingo,” Emily Nipps, TPA director of communications, wrote in an email. “We have some great competition from around the world, but given Phoebe’s popularity, we think we have a good shot.”

You can vote for Phoebe now through Monday, July 31. The two top-voted art pieces will be announced later this summer.

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