Retro Woman

Fifth Street Parking Garage

Napa, California, USA | Metal, Photographs, Recycled Materials | 19’ H x 82” W | 2008


The Napa Parking Garage opening ceremony’s dramatic climax was the unveiling of a 19-foot-high piece of public art on the Main Street facade, created by Gordon Huether. Seventy-five hubcaps from the Hubcap Ranch in Pope Valley border a stainless steel panel. The panel features an image, rendered in a high density thermoencapsulated film photo print, of a 1962 display window in the old Carithers department store designed by Huether’s father, Hubert.

In the display, a stylishly dressed female mannequin is at risk of being splattered by a can of paint. Since the original Carithers was torn down and replaced with a parking garage, it’s somehow fitting that a tribute to the golden age of downtown shopping would be paid at yet another garage, officials said.