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.