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Lauren YS


8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Type

  • Artwork

Regional Focus

Global, Oceania

"Floating Cities of the Future"

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  • This mural by Lauren YS depicts an imaginary city that is sustainable, future-thinking, fantastical, zero-emission, and meant to withstand rising sea levels.
  • The floating nature of this mural is tied to the mural's location, the island nation of New Zealand.
Teaching Tips


  • Students bring their own ideas and interpretations to the artwork that develop critical thinking.
  • This is an imaginative way to get students thinking about different ways to meet humanity's needs without compromising the needs of other species.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have an understanding of what urban design and planning mean.


  • This imaginative mural invites students to come up with their own versions of what the future could hold in store for cities.
  • A lesson could explore ways that art can expand technological possibilities by expanding the creative thought processes that start with scientific knowledge and lead to new practical applications.
  • Other resources related to these topics include this mural about marine animals' anger towards human's impact on the environment and this video about an idea for a regenerative global city called Planet City.
Scientist Notes
This piece of arts showcases the imperative of a smart and sustainable city and the need to deploy innovative design to withstand sea level rise and other impending natural hazards. This resource is recommended.
  • National Core Arts Standards
    • Visual Arts: Standard 7 - Perceive and analyze artistic work.
      • VA:Re7.2.IIa Evaluate the effectiveness of an image or images to influence ideas, feelings, and behaviors of specific audiences.
    • Visual Arts: Standard 8 - Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
      • VA:Re8.1.8a 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.
      • VA:Re8.1.Ia Interpret an artwork or collection of works, supported by relevant and sufficient evidence found in the work and its various contexts.
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