MOSI is invaded by Flamingos to remind residents to “Skip the Fertilizer”


A flock of artistically-painted, pink, plastic yard flamingos will be on display in MOSI’s Arc Gallery from March 27 – April 30, 2015 in a traveling exhibit titled The Art of Being Floridian. These flamboyant feathered friends serve as a unique reminder to homeowners in Hillsborough County to “Skip the Fertilizer” this summer to protect the waterways that make living here so much fun.

This traveling exhibit of 24 flamingos was created by participating artists from all over the region, from New Port Richey to Avon Park. Each flamingo is unique and named to match its colorful personality. The plastic, pink yard flamingo is the iconic mascot of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program’s “Be Floridian” campaign, which supports local fertilizer laws in Manatee County, Pinellas County and the city of Tampa. These laws ban the use of nitrogen fertilizer from June-September to prevent harmful pollution from washing into Tampa Bay.

The Art of Being Floridian will be on display inside MOSI’s Arc Gallery, which surrounds the Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre. This experience is included with the cost of general admission and free for MOSI members. MOSI admission, which includes MOSI exhibits, the Art of Being Floridian and a documentary IMAX film, is $22.95 for adults, $20.95 for seniors (60+), $18.95 for children (3-12), and children 2 and under are free. Museum hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, call 813-987-6000813-987-6000 or visit

To learn more about “Be Floridian” and to receive tips on “Gardening like a Floridian,” visit



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