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  • Artwork

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"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.
  • National Core Arts Standards
    • Visual Arts: Standard 7 - Perceive and analyze artistic work.
      • VA:Re7.2.3a Determine messages communicated by an image.
    • 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:Re8.1.4a Interpret art by referring to contextual information and analyzing relevant subject matter, characteristics of form, and use of media.
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