About this blog

The London Road Gateway Project Bath aims to improve the public realm of the stretch of London Road, between Cleveland Place junction, and Morrisons Supermarket.

Bath based artist Jane Veveris Callan has been commissioned by Bath and North East Somerset Council to create decorative designs to go onto the tree planters, and grilles that will form part of the improvements.

Jane collaborated with Alan Summers and Karen Hoy of Call of the Page, formerly known as 'With Words', to work with the community, gathering local history and stories as words, with haiku and renga poems, which have informed her resulting designs.

This blog has been created to share some of the creative process.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Haiku and Renga

The words that inform the designs were gathered with the help of Alan Summers and Karen Hoy of 'With Words' . They specialise in Haiku and Renga poetry, which are short Japanese forms of verse and facilitated the Snow Hill and London Road community sharing their stories about the area as Haiku or Renga poetry.

Some of the designs directly contain a haiku poem from one of the informal roving workshops, others contain part of the Renga poem created at a drop in 'Renga Party' workshop.

This design is based on a complete haiku poem and reminds us that there is wildlife in the area despite the busy road and pays homage to the distinctive green copper roofs of  the Snow Hill flats, which are perhaps loved and loathed by people in equal measure!


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