St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport

Submitted by Elle Leonard

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Client: St. Petersburg-Clearwater Int'l Airport (Pinellas County)

Location: St. Petersburg, FL, United States

Completion date: 2018

Project Team

Artist

Elle Terry Leonard

Architectural Ceramics

Artist

Niles Leonard

Architectural Ceramics

Art Consultant

Kelly Taaffe Noto

Kelly Taaffe Design

Interior Design

kelly Taaffe Noto

Kelly Taaffe Design

Project Manager

Humberto Gonzalez

Wallbridge Construction Firm

Project Manager

Steve Myles

Wallbridge Construction Firm

Project Superintendent

Jon Brodie

Wallbridge Construction Firm

Public Relations Director

Michele G. Routh

St. Petersburg-Clearwater Int'l Airport

Overview

Kelly Taaffe of Kelly Taaffe Design tapped us to create ceramic murals for the new Gate addition to St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport. We had worked with Kelly on the original renovation to the airport in 2010. We had also worked on a large-scale mosaic for Tampa Int’l Airport for Kelly in 1998.

Goals

The goal was to immediately establish a sense of place, and the feeling of “on vacation” upon leaving the plane and entering the gate.

Process

We presented drawings and samples to the airport board together and received final approval in 2015. Walbridge was the contractor overseeing the entire addition and road work. In spite of the problems associated with a huge project, all while the airport remained open for business, they took considerable time and effort to see the murals were safely stored and properly installed. Final installation 2018.