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.


Travellers Dream

Watch Travellers Dream, a beautiful haiga-renku sequence by Ron C. Moss and Jim Swift on Vimeo.

“Traveller’s Dream is a renku-like sequence of haiga using a new format. Each verse links to 2 images and each image (except first and last) links to two verses.

“Ron wrote the first (3-line) verse to link to my starting image and the also provided an image to link to the same verse. Jim then wrote a 2-line verse to link to Ron’s image and also provided an image to link to his verse, and so on.”

— Jim Swift (published in Haigaonline volume 14 issue 2 October 2013)