“Rainbow Tunnel” Mural Update

About one month in to our Spring project and the team is about half-way through painting the Inner-tunnel and North-facing side of Toronto’s infamous and much-loved “Rainbow Tunnel”. Many people know the tunnel as a bright rainbow which was painted on the South-facing entrance and is viewable by many tired commuters who travel along the Don Valley Parkway.

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See full story on the decades-long history of this Rainbow in the Toronto Star’s article ‘Don Valley Parkway Rainbow gets a Makeover’

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After cleaning, priming, and refurbishing the Rainbow in Fall 2012, Mural Routes now oversees a team of: Designer and artist Rob Matejka, 2 lead artists, 5 local Youth from Flemingdon Neighbourhood Services, and many wonderful volunteers who are working to create a Rainbow-themed mural inside the 65+ft tunnel, replacing a dark tunnel filled with graffiti and vandalism into a brightly coloured world highlighting nature & cityscapes – a new ‘magical’ passageway for kids, youth, families, walkers, and bikers who use the East Don Trail.

The project has even been featured by Global TV News, see link here: http://globalnews.ca/video/572728/rainbow-tunnel-gets-renovated

Lot's of scraping away layers of graffiti - this was the hard part!
Lots of scraping away layers of graffiti – this was the hard part!
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Painting the North-facing side with a Rainbow and working on details inside the tunnel

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Project is to be completed by July, 2013.

Inquiries please contact Project Coordinator, Tara Dorey, at tara@muralroutes.com

Do you pass by the Rainbow and appreciate it? Send photos and comments to @muralroutes on Twitter or Facebook

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