The actual painting is made up of three vertical lines that are all the same size. The stripes on the outside of the painting are blue and the one in the middle is red.
Created as a comission for Expo 67. This took place in the International and Universal Expo that occurred in Montreal.
Voice of Fire is 18 foot long when measured vertically. It was asked to be this size due to the size of the dome that the expo was hosted within. Voice of Fire was shown alongside other paintings that represented American progress, which was the intention of the painting.
These included an Apollo space capsule and photographs of the moon and iconic film stars.
However, it was loaned to the National Gallery of Canada which is located in Ottawa in 1987. This happened quite smoothly with not a lot of media coverage and a lack of public reaction.
It was shown on a high ceiling space alongside artists such as Milton Resnick and Tony Smith. The focus of these artworks was post-war American art and so Voice of Fire was shown as the centrepiece.
Consequently, it became a a permanent part of the gallery in 1989. The purchase of Voice of Fire cost the gallery $1.8 million. This acquisition of the painting caused a lot of controversy. A portion of the public displayed their opinion on this purchase by donning clothes like T-shirts and ties that had the same pattern of the painting.
The controvery was geared mostly by the doubts of the artwork being seen as genuine art. The artwork increased in value, going up to a staggering $40 million.
Controversy ensued once more a few years later in 1992 when Voice of Fire had been discovered as being hung upside down after it had been loaned and then bought. Despite this controversy, the painting remains in ownership of the gallery.