They may call it “Country Rock (Wing Mirror)/1999”, but TORONTO knows it as the ‘rainbow tunnel’, a simple culvert on the right hand side of the northbound Don Valley Parkway. The artist, Edinburgh-born PETER DOIG, who once lived in TORONTO, painted the work in London. On June 30 the painting will go on the auction block, as part of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale in London. Estimated value in the region of £9 million.
Constructed in 1962, painted by graffiti artist B.C. (Berg) Johnson in 1972, the tunnel is probably the most-viewed culvert in the world <PHOTO ABOVE – Vince Talotta/Toronto Star>. Thousands of northbound motorists see it every day. In 2008, it even made the cover of a Tate Britain publication.
For more information on the tunnel itself and its colourful past – http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2012/11/02/don_valley_parkway_rainbow_gets_a_makeover.html
<PHOTO ABOVE – painting the tunnel’s interior, June 9/2013 by Bernard Weil/Toronto Star> Another TORONTO painting by Peter Doig, sold in February, 2013 at Christie’s London. “The Architect’s Home In The Ravine” brought in a whopping $11.975 million at the Post-War and Contemporary Art sale. This 1991 work depicts TORONTO architect Eberhard Zeidler’s modernist home at 11 Beaumont Road in Rosedale.
Data released by the Toronto Real Estate Board on June 4/2014 shows there were 461 detached home sales for more than $2-million through the MLS system in the first five months of 2014. That’s only 2.4% of all detached home sales for the year but the $2-million plus range has climbed 37% over the past year in the GTA. “What you’re seeing is $2-million is the new $1-million,” says Drew Laszlo, an architect who has been involved in several infill projects that have fallen into the new threshold. – FINANCIAL POST
If you live in TORONTO, you’ve no doubt seen this building. It sits in the middle of a streetcar roundabout on Spadina Avenue, just north of College Street. ONE SPADINA was built in 1875 by the Presbyterian Church as Knox College, a theological institute now part of the University of Toronto.
It later became the Spadina Military Hospital, where aviator AMELIA EARHART worked as a nurse’s aid tending to wounded soldiers. There’s been at least one murder in the building, and an accidental death when a female professor, looking for ghosts, plunged to the ground in 2009 while attempting to jump from one part of the building to another.
After a $50-million renovation, ONE SPADINA will be transformed into the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture. The revitalization will include a 50,000 sq ft glass addition to the rear, design studio spaces, an advanced fabrication lab, a 400-capacity hall for public events, and a public gallery.
PHOTO BELOW – Spadina Crescent in the middle, and the circular Lord Lansdowne Public School bottom right – http://www.Kevo89/blogTO/March 6, 2010
It’s amazing what can happen in three years. Back in 2011 the New York Times described THE JUNCTION as“Skid Row to Hip in Toronto. The young and artsy are taking advantage of still-cheap real estate to tiptoe into the Junction’s empty storefronts and low slung houses.”These days THE JUNCTION has become a ‘destination neighbourhood’, attracting folks from all parts of the city, especially on weekends. There are still plenty of family-run shops, but now upscale restaurants, sidewalk cafes, galleries, antique and clothing stores, condos, and a flea market have moved in. More are on the way, and inevitably real estate is becoming more expensive.It’s easy to spend a day in THE JUNCTION. Word of advice: use public transport to get there, especially on weekends. From DUNDAS WEST subway station take the #40 bus to Dundas Street West. It’s a 10 minute ride.Named for a mishmash of railroad tracks, bridges and several major roads, the JUNCTION today is home to old books and record stores; architectural/industrial artifact emporia; a Buddhist temple; design and digital video companies; vegan and non-vegan restaurants; the West Toronto Railpath, etc. etc. It’s that kind of place.
The tunnel to ROSEDALE, one of Canada’s wealthiest neighbourhoods, leads to a wooden footbridge spanning the Rosedale Ravine. Entrance is on Glen Road, north of St. James Town.
<EDITOR’S NOTE – after a tagging attack this mural was completely restored in 2017. Why do people spray aerosol tags on public artworks such as this? Beats me.>