Red Eye | East Village Parking Garage - CODAworx

Red Eye | East Village Parking Garage

Client: Kansas City Municipal Arts Commission

Completion date: 2009

Artwork budget: $175,000

Project Team


Gordon Huether

Gordon Huether + Partners, Inc.

Public Art Agent

Porter Arneill

Architecture Division | Municipal Art Commission Kansas City


BNIM / 360 Degree Architecture

BNIM / 360 Degree Architecture


Red Eye adorns the entry to the City-owned parking facility, which is part of JE Dunn’s new headquarters, designed by BNIM/360 (an association of BNIM and 360 Architecture), in downtown’s East Village. The installation measures 18’ H x 50’ W and is made of laminated German New Antique Glass & Hand-painted Aluminum.


Limited space for art and a population more interested in leaving the space than viewing art make parking facilities a unique challenge for artists. An abstract mural was painted on the garage and an oval-shaped red window was inserted in the metal structure to create a red sunlit aura inside the garage during the day and an impromptu street-side light show at night with the help of passing headlights. "The red ‘eye’ references moving tail lights which, as anyone who's left a busy parking garage knows, is what you see on the way out,” Huether says. “The giant abstract painting identifies the public portal to the garage and keeps an eye on the inside of the garage and the neighborhood outside."


Huether worked closely with Kansas City’s public art administrator as well as BNIM/360, an association of BNIM and 360 Architecture in Kansas City, who designed the building. The artwork is situated above the south entrance of the parking garage of which the entire side is clad in 1/8” clear anodized aluminum panels. The cladded area over the garage is 18’ 10” high and 50” wide. The artist decided to incorporate this siding into his design. The project went through several incarnations before the final design was decided upon.