The legend of the rainbow arch visible on the east side of the DVP involves a daring mural artist, an angry parks department and the rallying of a community. And a cat.
The idea sparked in 1972 when 16-year-old B.C. (Berg) Johnson arrived from Norway and noticed something depressing. “People in Toronto never looked up. They looked down. They never smiled too much.”
The “Caretaker of Dreams,” as he’d come to write on his business cards, decided a “rainbow project” would be just the thing to cheer up dour Torontonians.
Its deterioration in recent years inspired the city to restore the landmark, along with building the East Don Trail. The $20,000 two-phase project will turn the entire tunnel into public art with the help of youth from the Flemingdon Park area.
Read the full story here: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2012/11/02/don_valley_parkway_rainbow_gets_a_makeover.html
Check out this Pride Rainbow over Toronto!