Movimentio del Mar

Submitted by Elle Leonard

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Client: Tampa Internation Airport

Location: Tampa, FL, United States

Completion date: 1999

Artwork budget: $5,000

Project Team

Artist

Elle Leonard

Architectural Ceramics

Artist

Josh Johnson

Architectural Ceramics

Overview

Relief mosaic both interior and exterior surrounds the top of The Tampa Aquarium display at Tampa International Airport. All 120 sq ft of the mosaic is made with hand made ceramic tile, some with a silver luster bordered by our relief marine life bars.

Goals

The Tampa Aquarium display was the focal point.The goal was to call attention to the live fish, coral and creatures in the aquarium. We wanted action, color and movement to draw visitors attention in the otherwise sterile environment of baggage claim and curbside drop off. The aquarium had to be accessible as well for maintenance.

Process

We presented sketches, budget and scheduling as well as a maquette to be granted the commission. The process involved Tampa Transit Authority, airport board members, designer and construction companies. The process went amazingly smooth.

Additional Information

I frequently fly in and out of Tampa International. It still makes me smile to watch people looking at our work and the aquarium.