This fall, Mural Routes had the opportunity to revitalize Toronto’s iconic rainbow tunnel mural, located on the south entrance of the CN Rail Tunnel, just south of Lawrence on the East side of the Don Valley Parkway. Our artists Rob Matejka and Anthony DeLacruz cleaned, scraped, primed, and repainted the infamous rainbow on the tunnel entrance so that this much-loved piece of Toronto’s street art history remained strong.
Funding was provided by the City of Toronto – Parks, Forestry and Recreation who, recognizing the power of such an icon and the loving local community it gained, funded the refurbishing along with a mural project inside the tunnel that will take place in Spring 2013. This inner-tunnel mural will employ local youth from nearby Flemingdon Park Services and act as an extension of our Step x Step:Introduction to Mural Art program held at Toronto Public Library: Flemingdon Park Branch in early 2013.
Read about the Don Valley Rainbow mural in the Toronto Star.
For more photos of the CN Rail Tunnel Rainbow: https://picasaweb.google.com/104851983791047425741/RainbowMuralCNTunnel?authuser=0&feat=directlink
Quotes from the community:
“This is so amazing!! Growing up I was always travelling back and forth from the city and would always anticipate seeing this on my way home!!” (Amanda)
“They brought the rainbow to its full brilliance. The colours are so vibrant now!” (Charisse)