Renga Wall at Edmonton International Airport


Yesterday, while waiting for a flight connection at the Edmonton International Airport, I toured the art installations and discovered a Renga Wall located in the departures lounge.


The five-line poem looked like a tanka. The words blossoms, fragrant, message, and origami caught my attention.


As I approached, I heard soft music coming from the speaker (the dot on the top of the screen).

There were two posters on each side of the screen. The poster on the left introduced the project:

“Originally titled Wave and exhibited at Enterprise Square at the University of Alberta, the Renga Wall was conceived, designed and built by a team of University of Alberta faculty members and students from the department of Electrical and Computing Engineering, Art & Design, English and Film Studies, Communications and Technology, Drama and Music.”

The poster on the right invited people to contribute a stanza:

“Read some of the stanzas displayed on the Renga Wall screen, then consider writing and submitting your own. Choose an idea or rhyme word from one stanza to become the trigger for the one you contribute. Your stanza will be reviewed, and will appear as soon as it is approved. Stanzas appear anonymously online and on the Renga Wall screen. Visit or scan the QR code above to contribute a stanza!”


Once I got home, I tried to access the Wave Art website to see if I can contribute but unfortunately it leads to an error message that the page is not available on this server.

Isn’t it a great idea, though, this Renga Wall?  I wish we could start seeing haiku in all the major airports.

2 thoughts on “Renga Wall at Edmonton International Airport

  1. A wonderful project! very inspiring! I did a Renku in the park last spring, using interactions with passer by who stopped to enquire what I was doing with a little table, a chair and a few books under a temporary structure.erected in the park. A very satisfying way of spending time and give people a voice.

    • It seems you did pretty well on your renku. I’ve always wanted to do something for Poetry month and read/write poetry for complete strangers. In your case, your wrote poetry “with” complete strangers, which is even more fun.

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