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Science, Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Type

  • Artwork

Regional Focus


"Te waha o Tane" (Call of Nature)

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  • This mural by Japanese artist Twoone depicts a group of endangered New Zealand seabirds, called Chatham Island Shags. 
  • In his artist's statement, Twoone explains that the mural is intended to bring attention to the plight of endangered species and the role that humans play in hurting the natural world. 
Teaching Tips


  • This interesting mural brings attention to an endangered seabird that many students will be unfamiliar with.
  • Students will appreciate the slideshow of photographs showing the artist at work on the mural.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers with younger students may need to explain the concept of endangered species.
  • Teachers may want to show students where New Zealand is located on a map.


  • Art classes could discuss how the artist's use of color and the dripping technique contribute to the feeling or mood of the mural. 
  • Science classes could research the Chatham Island Shag, find out why the species is endangered, and think about ways to help the species thrive.
  • Other resources on this topic include this interactive map of endangered species, this Khan Academy lesson on conservation and biodiversity, and this exhibit of artwork on ethics, excess, and extinction.
Scientist Notes
The resource is an artwork underpinning the support of sustainable resource management and conservation of marine habitat. This is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Visual & Performing Arts
    • Visual Arts: Standard 7 - Perceiving and analyzing products.
      • 1.5.2.Re7b: Describe, compare and categorize visual artworks based on subject matter and expressive properties.
      • 1.5.5.Re7b: Analyze visual arts including cultural associations.
      • 1.5.12acc.Re7a: Recognize and describe personal aesthetic and empathetic responses to the natural world and constructed environments.
      • 1.5.12acc.Re7b: Evaluate the effectiveness of visual artworks to influence ideas, feelings, and behaviors of specific audiences.
    • Visual Arts: Standard 8 - Interpreting intent and meaning.
      • 1.5.2.Re8a: Categorize and describe works of art, by identifying subject matter, details, mood, and formal characteristics.
      • 1.5.8.Re8a: Interpret art by analyzing how the interaction of subject matter, characteristics of form and structure, use of media, art making approaches, and relevant contextual information contributes to understanding messages or ideas and mood conveyed.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • K-ESS3-1. Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live.
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