Public Art Collection

Over forty years as an Airport has allowed us to build a diverse art collection that reflects our community and as such, is an extension of ourselves.  The collection reflects the abundant natural resources and rich cultural heritage of the region and celebrates the legacy of Tampa Bay as the birthplace of commercial aviation.

Main Terminal



Location: Main Terminal, Baggage Claim & Airside E
Description: Twenty-two triptych wool tapestries, eleven designs
Artist: Ron Renmark , Virginia & Michael Reck
Installed:  1988

The custom designed and fabricated wool tapestries depict familiar Florida nature scenes.  Eight tapestries are on display with the remainder in storage.

The tapestries were woven by twenty women between 20-40 years of age from Phumlalanga, Swaziland in Africa, under the direction of Ron Renmark & Michael Reck.  Renmark owned the studio in Virginia where the tapestries were created and Reck owned the studio in Swaziland that was selected over five others from around the world that bid on this project. 

The weavers were flown 8,000 miles from their homeland to Renmark’s studio in Patrick County, Virginia.  Working on a scaffold suspended in front of an 11 x 36 foot loom, built by Michael Reck, the weavers used the full-sized paintings Renmark created to translate 11 pairs of designs into 22 sea-green and ocean-blue scenes of egrets in a tidal marsh, sponge boats, manatees, Spanish moss and live oaks. 

All work was done by hand.  Reck mixed the dyes that transformed the 22,000 yards of woven cotton into hundreds of variations of the airport's basic colors -- scarlet, teal and brown.  The Merino (very soft) and Karkul (long and coarse) sheep wool, imported from Botswana, was “carded” twice with a wire brush which was then spun into three-ply yarn on wooden spinning wheels. 

Eight of the 12 ladies returned to Swaziland with a sense of American entrepreneurship and opened their own weaving studio, Vulcanti Maswati, which means “awakened”.


Light Passage

Location: Airport Chapel, Landside Terminal, Level 3
Description: Glass art adorning the entryway door and interior wall of the Airport Chapel.
Artist: Yvonne Barlog
Installed: 1998

Light Passage was the first piece of work commissioned under the Public Art Program. The Airport Chapel is a non-denominational quiet room that is open 24 hours a day.


Burgert Brothers Photographic Collection


Location: Main Terminal, Ticketing Level
Description: A collection of 28 cirkut images and approximately 20, 8 x 10 photographs which record the unique history of the social and urban growth of Tampa and Florida's West Coast.
Artist: Brothers Al and Jean Burgert
Installed: 2004

In 1899, S.P. Burgert and Son opened their studio in Ybor City. By 1918, sons Al and Jean were at the helm and the Burgert Brothers Commercial Photography Studio was providing services for the West Coast of Florida. Their studio remained open for business in various Tampa locations, with different heirs and employees in charge, until 1963. The brothers took more than 80,000 photographs. Their photographs appeared in national publications including Life and National Geographic magazines, as well as in local newspaper advertisements, promotional brochures and displays for offices and stores.

After the Burgert Brothers studio closed, their photographs and negatives were stored in a south Tampa garage. Heat, humidity and moisture destroyed many of the negatives. In 1974, the Friends of the Library Hillsborough, Inc., recognizing the priceless, historic significance of the collection, purchased it for the Library so that the photographs would be available for the public. Tampa International Airport and the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries entered into a loan agreement to reproduce a collection of the Burgert Brothers' Cirkut and standard-size images. The nearly 50 selected images were produced to film and mounted on quarter-inch thick clear plexi-glass.

Most of the photographs in this exhibit were produced with a Cirkut camera. Introduced by Kodak in the early 1900's, the Cirkut process enabled production of panoramic photographs up to four feet wide by one foot high. Photos in the Airport's collection range from a team photo of the New York Yankees (1927) in St. Petersburg featuring Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig; the Gasparilla Invasion (1922); the Josiah Richardson Home (1923) in Sulphur Springs; to the Tin Can Tourist Camp (date unknown) in Central Florida.


El Movimiento del Mar 


Location: Main Terminal, Blue Baggage Claim
Description: Tile artwork adorning the top of the Marine Exhibit
Artist: Elle Terry Leonard , Sarasota, FL and Josh Johnson
Installed: 1999


Tropical Fish Tile Collage


Location: Main Terminal, Red Baggage Claim
Description: Tile artwork adorning the top of the Marine Exhibit
Artist: E. Joseph McCarty
Installed:  1999


Airside A


Copper Birds

Location: Airside A
Description: A collection of seabird sculptures made of copper, nickel, silver and bronze alloys.
Artist: Roy Butler, Plantation, Florida
Installed:  Originally installed in the main terminal in 1971.  Relocated to Airside A in 2018.

Flying down the Airside, view the pelicans in flight. Each bird weighs approximately 30 pounds and has a wingspan of almost seven feet. The entire bird collection includes some 63 individual fowl of five different species including Gulls, Herons, Cormorants, Anhingas and Pelicans.


Birds Leaving Earth

Location: Airside A
Description: 20' square painting  
Artist: Elizabeth Indianos, Tarpon Springs, FL
Installed:  1998, relocated in 2018

The painting, mounted on an 800-pound aluminum frame, is composed of nine six foot square canvas panels in three rows. “Birds Leaving Earth” features a giant Earth sphere with over 300 Austrian crystals affixed to the surface.  Flocks of vibrantly colored birds are painted against a backdrop of the earth, sky, and oceans.  Seemingly propelled from the earth, the birds appear to be leaving, flying in all directions. 

Tampa International Airport purchased the piece October 2007 after having it on loan for a time. 


Talking Graphics from the Green Earth

Description: Freehand drawings, digitally enhanced "electronic silk screening"
Location: Airside A
Artist: Jane Davis Doggett, Hobe Sound, FL & Corea, ME
Artwork on loan

The five canvas murals suspended from the ceiling at Airside A are waterscapes created by Jane Davis Doggett, artist and architectural graphics design specialist. Doggett states that "The bright, boldly colored murals reflect a unique Florida feature: A floating watery world, always in motion where water changes places with sky and clouds and currents interact, and vivid colors of sunrise and sunset pour into flowing rivers". Her medium is a unique venture in computer rendering in what she has coined "electronic silk screening". Her images, which are drawn freehand, are scanned in Adobe Vector and separated into segments or layers – similar to making silk screen templates. Working in Vector, as opposed to pixel, she can enlarge her images to any size and they hold absolute "focus" and richness of color.

This exhibit has special meaning for Tampa International Airport. Doggett originated the two-color signage and wayfinding system and Airside letter system as well as the airport logo, which are still in service – after 40 years. She also created the thematic graphic system which designates each of the seven parking garage stations by icons of famous aviators.

Doggett, who earned a MFA degree with top honors from the Yale School of Art and Architecture in 1956, pioneered the field of architectural and environmental graphic design. She has many international airport projects to her credit including: Miami, Newark, Baltimore-Washington, Cleveland-Hopkins, George Bush-Houston, Boston-Logan and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood.


Kites in Flight


Description: Four 6 ft high x 4 ft wide kites with 12 foot long tails made of fused glass and steel
Location: Airside A
Artist: Lisa and Joe Vogt, Wesley Chapel, FL
Artwork on loan

My view of the world is different.

I see pattern and form in everything. I am compelled to interpret what I see, make it my own, and then share it. For me the creative process is not a choice but a necessity. It is a journey that I embrace; for it has many rewards including self-discovery, growth and an opportunity to raise my voice and speak through my art. It is my hope that the kites lighten your load, bring a fond memory to your mind and sweep a smile across your face. Enjoy!

Welcome to my world.


Airside C




Location: Airside C
Description: A series of 22 mosaic round medallions made of glass and stone
Artists: Kristen Jones & Andrew Ginzel, New York, NY
Installed:  2005

The Jones/Ginzel team designed a series of 22 mosaic round medallions made of glass and stone that are reflective of the lighting plan in the ceiling above and are laid into the white marble floor.  The medallions range in size from 48 inches to 12 inches in diameter.  Some depict openings to the sky…where passengers have just been…and others feature openings to water… rivers, the bay, and the Gulf which beckon visitors onward.  The medallions become portals for the eye and mind.


Final Boarding Call


Location: Airside C
Description: A 17 x 11 ft. aviation themed oil painting on Belgium linen
Artist: Christopher Still, Tarpon Springs, FL
Installed:  2005

“Final Boarding Call” captures the Golden Era of airline travel. Travelers in the painting reflect of the many emotions of departing and arriving, all upon the stage of boarding a DC-7. The boarding scene is set against an expansive sky with luggage in the foreground.  



Location: Airside C
Description: A 90’ long sculpture made of curved aluminum panels mounted to a lightweight supporting frame designed to resemble the structure of an airplane wing
Artist: Christopher Still, Tarpon Springs, FL
Installed:  2005

“q” is the expression for dynamic pressure associated with the force needed to lift an object/airplane. Cutout figures in the aluminum panels not only form a timeline of advances in airline travel but also depict travelers from different time periods and form a timeline of advances in airline travel.  Silhouettes use light from the windows, making the sculpture appealing from the exterior of the building as well as the interior.


Orange Blossom!

Location: Airside C
Description: A 13’ x 9’ x 5’ aluminum sculpture
Artist: Stephen Robin, Philadelphia, PA
Installed:  2005

“Orange Blossom!” is positioned on a cement pedestal.  The fragrant orange blossom, which blooms in spring, was adopted as the state flower by the 1909 Florida legislature.


The Barnstormer


Location: Airside C
Description: An 8 ft. tall statue made of silicon bronze alloy
Artist: Harrison Covington

Harrison Covington has said that the celebration of human flight and the aspirations that led us into the skies are certainly worthy topics for artistic expression.  Aviators belong to a fraternity that is to be respected and honored.  Covington’s anonymous barnstormer evokes the heroic spirit of those aviators who symbolize the age of flight.


Airside E


The Art of Flight

Description: A collection of 7 WPA murals, painted in the 1930's
Artist: George Snow Hill
Installed: 2002

In the late 1930's, St. Petersburg artist George Snow Hill was commissioned to create these murals to adorn the walls of Tampa's newly built Peter O. Knight Airport. Hill artistically interpreted the history of flight through the contributions made by Icarus and Daedalus, Archimedes, The Montgolfier Brothers, Otto Lilienthal, Tony Jannus, The Wright Brothers, and a triptych, capturing the first scheduled airline flight in history.

The murals were removed from the walls of the Peter O. Knight Airport upon demolition in 1965, and restored by George Snow Hill himself. In 1971, they were relocated to the new terminal building, where only the triptych and the Wright Brothers mural hung in the airport's executive suite. The others were rolled and placed in storage, untouched for years.

Needless to say, the circumstances of their storage had an adverse effect on their condition, and upon rediscovery they were in desperate need of restoration. The airport began discussion of a mural restoration project in 1998. The new Airside E Terminal was designed specifically with these murals in mind as a place for this artwork to be showcased.

All murals are oil paint on canvas and measure 9 feet square, except one triptych which measures 9 feet high by 27 feet wide. 

Aviators/milestones depicted in the murals: Archimedes, Tony Jannus, Otto Lilienthal, History’s First Scheduled Airline Flight Arrives in Tampa, The Wright Brothers, Icarus & Daedalus and Montgolfier Brothers

More on the Art of Flight


Airside F


Esterio Segura, Goodbye My Love Tampa Seven Days a Week

Elisabeth Condon, Verdant Tampa Bay

Daniel Canogar, Tendril


Sky Connect Stations

Ralph Helmick, n + 1

Sheryl Oring, Greetings from Tampa Bay

Tim Prentice & Dave Colbert, Crosscurrents


Rental Car Center


Nick Cave in collaboration with Bob Faust, Palimpsest

Erwin Redl, Symbols, Systems & Proportions


Economy Parking Garage 


Blue Skies Over Tampa

Location: Economy Parking Garage, elevator lobby wall
Description: An illuminated glass collage consisting of seven 4 ft. x 4 ft. wall-mounted stained glass light boxes featuring photographs from the Tampa Bay area and objects including plants, maps and animals
Artist: Nancy Gutkin O’Neil
Installed: 2005

Blue Skies Over Tampa is an illuminated collage consisting of seven stained glass light boxes featuring photos of the Tampa Bay area.  Using nuanced and shaded mouthbow glass with photo silkscreened and hand painted imagery, the art holds people’s interest over time and brings light, color and energy into the space, as only glass can.

The light boxes are a combination of hand painting, photo-silkscreening and sandblasting.  All pigments are fired and are permanent.  O’Neil’s work celebrates Tampa, Hillsborough County and the West Coast of Florida, with references to the Tampa Bay ecosystem, the rivers and waterways, and detailed renderings of flora and fauna, reminding people what is unique about the place that they are temporarily leaving, inviting them to return.

The images of people and places, rivers and waterways, archeological material, text, maps, sea charts of local waterways, aerial views and bird’s eye views of the city are all tied together through the references to water, sky and natural elements.



Location: Economy Parking Garage, elevator lobby wall
Description: A glass tile mosaic mural created with fifty colors of 20mm Italian glass
Artist: Mike Mandel
Installed:  2005

In the mural, passengers are a metaphor for the experience of walking down the center aisle of an aircraft cabin. People are sitting in their seats, reading, sleeping, working and whiling away their time as they fly from here to there.


Renegade Vehicles

Location: Economy Parking Garage, elevator lobby floor
Description: A design depicting three distinctly different tire treads associated with three different automobiles for a 59 ft. long terrazzo floor
Artist: Thomas Sayre, Raleigh NC
Installed: 2005

The design depicts tire tread marks of three different cars as each car differently engages the lobby space.  One car drives in from the garage and recklessly backs into an elevator.  Another emerges from the elevator and drives out the door and the third enters the space and parallel parks.  This concept acknowledges the complexity of the traffic patterns in the space, and in doing so, establishes a whimsical floor design which is capable of providing different perspectives as people encounter the floor over multiple visits to the garage. 

Each tread is of highly contrasted color to the field color which is variegated black stone with the sparkle of cruchse mirrors added to the aggregate to look reminiscent of the glint of shiny particles in a black macadam surface of a parking lot. The resulting design is an eccentric pattern which asserts an unknowable narrative: Why were there cars in the lobby?  What were they doing? Where were they going, and what has become of them?


Florida Sun

Location: Economy Parking Garage, elevator lobby floor
Description: A design centered around a geography and climate theme reminiscent of a 19th century Japanese artist for a 59 ft. long terrazzo floor
Artist: Robert Calvo
Installed:  2005

The Florida sun is the icon for the art.  “Iit makes a colorful and poetic statement about the Tampa Bay region”.  The terrazzo floor contains a number of frames, each containing a unique “sun” design, a map of Florida and the name of a city or town.


Florida Constellations

Location: Economy Parking Garage, elevator lobby wall
Description: A star constellation, replacing mythological creatures with signs specific to Florida
Artist: Wopo Holup
Installed: 2008

The “sky” view, mounted above the elevators and carved from Texastone (a soft, natural limestone with flaws, holes and color changes) are star constellations but instead of mythological creatures are symbols and signs specific to Florida – the Florida panther, the flamingo and an alligator. Pisces became a porpoise and catfish.  The Florida panther stands in the place of Leo, native Timucua people are the Gemini twins and a manatee replaces the bull Taurus in this new sky chart.


Tampa Coast

Location: Economy Parking Garage, elevator lobby floor
Description: Terrazzo floor
Artist: Wopo Holup
Installed: 2008

“Sky view of earth and mind’s view of sky” is the artist concept for this installation where Tampa Bay and the west coast of Florida are mapped from above.  It is the view of land we see taking off or landing from an airport – a view inflight.  On the floor a satellite map of the west coast of Florida shows the land as a mixture of pink and green, the ocean is turquoise to indigo.  The terrazzo floor is made up of shades of pink and green aggregate in the land area and glass aggregates in blues for the water.  Aluminum strips divide the areas.


Sea Shadows – Source, Shadows and Surface


Location: Economy Parking Garage, elevator lobby floor & wall
Description: Photographic lightboxes, etched glass on windows and jet cut aluminum inlay in terrazzo floor
Artist: Wendy Babcox, Tampa, FL
Installed: 2009

This project foregrounds the importance of conserving our oceans for future generations and features aspects of the important research conducted at the time by the USF College of Marine Sciences in St. Petersburg.  The design features microscopic and unique imaging systems used by the scientists at USF to gather data on marine organisms essential to the survival of the ocean’s ecosystems.  These images are a radical departure from the characteristic imagery one tends to associate with Florida, such as manatees or dolphins.  Instead, Sea Shadows represents a study of the unseen organisms, such as zooplankton, and phytoplankton, that are so vital to continued health of our oceans, so threatened by pollution and climate change.  Materials consist of abstract imagery of the ocean’s surface, lit from behind, white plankton Sipper images laminated between two layers of glass ad jet cut aluminum diatom (plankton) images inserted into a midnight blue epoxy base terrazzo floor with mother of pearl and abalone aggregate and grey, green and aqua blue epoxy and recycled glass.  


Tampa Executive Airport 

Over the Cities

Location: Outside the new terminal building at Vandenberg Airport
Description: A three-dimensional sculpture made of polished aircraft aluminum
Artist: Dominique LaBouvie, Paris, France
Installed:  1999



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