“Rainbow Culvert” – Don Valley Parkway’s famous access tunnel

Thousands of northbound TORONTO motorists see its rainbow colours every day.  Constructed in 1962, painted by an unsung artist, the Rainbow Tunnel is probably the most-viewed culvert in the world.  In 2008, it even made the cover of a Tate Britain publication.

Artist PETER DOIG was born in Edinburgh, lived in Montreal in the mid-1980’s, and is especially known for abstract landscape paintings.  Our rainbow culvert apparently caught his eye, and in 2001 he painted it.  “Country Rock” was part of an exhibition – “Spectral Landscapes” – at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, 952 Queen Street West, organized by the National Gallery of Canada.  The culvert itself was recently repainted.

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