Matthew Mazzotta’s (SMVisS ’09) Home was recently honored with two awards at the CODAworx Summit and Award Ceremony in San Jose – People’s Choice Award and Transportation category. Home is a giant, floor-to-ceiling pink flamingo installed in Tampa International Airport. It was also featured on the cover of CODA Magazine.

Tampa International Airport reported that “just days after celebrating her first birthday, Tampa International Airport’s 21-foot-tall, giant pink flamingo – formally titled Home by artist Matthew Mazzotta and affectionately nicknamed Phoebe – has officially been named a winner in the prestigious CODAWorx Awards. A distinguished panel of 18 jurors, comprising some of the most influential names in the art and design industry, reviewed and scored the entries, naming Phoebe winner in the Transportation category.  The public was also given the opportunity to weigh in, and Phoebe picked up one of two “People’s Choice Awards” with more than 3,000 votes!”

Watch Phoebe here!

Matthew Mazzotta has worked at the intersection of art, activism, and urbanism, focusing on the power of the built environment to shape our relationships and experiences. Matthew Mazzotta’s public projects have received international art and architecture awards such as the Architizer A+ Award, Azure’s AZ Award, The WAN Award, and six of his projects have been recognized by the Americans for the Arts. He has won four of the major international Architecture awards, as well as, “Architecture Project of the Year” by the Dezeen Awards at the Tate Modern in London.

Matthew’s work has been featured on CNN, BBC, NPR, The Huffington Post, Discovery Channel, and Science Magazine to name a few, and presented at the Cooper Hewitt-Smithsonian Design Museum in NYC.

Matthew Mazzotta received his BFA degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Masters of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology. He is a TED Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fulbright Grantee, a Smithsonian Artist in Research, as well as a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University.