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Cinzah Merkens


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Types

  • Artwork
  • Video, 59 seconds

Regional Focus


"Kalevipoeg's First Flight"

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  • This mural in Tallinn, Estonia depicts the image of an eagle, which is a symbol of strength and power. 
  • The artist hopes that through the appreciation of this work, the viewers can reflect more on the impact we have on the environment. 
Teaching Tips


  • This mural can be used to creatively connect art and science topics.
  • The resource contains a link to explore the mural using Google Maps.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Kalevipoeg is a hero from Estonian folklore who rode on the back of a great eagle.
  • Watching the embedded clip about the Mextonia Festival with the students could aid art appreciation.
  • An artist's statement at the bottom of the page has more background information about the mural.


  • Students could discuss the inspiration derived from contemplating the painting, and could even use this to spur their own ideas for climate change-related art.
  • Science students could read this article about shifting movement patterns of different animals, including eagles, due to climate change.
  • Students may also enjoy the murals "Embodiments of Yakshini" in Sri Lanka and "Coral Gardener" in Grenada.
Scientist Notes
The artwork shows the importance of protecting sea creatures and other natural resources and enhances interconnectedness with nature. Some of the sea creatures like the sea eagles play a key role in connecting man to nature. This is recommended for teaching.
  • Visual and Performing Arts
    • Visual Arts: Standard B3 - Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
      • D.B3.9-12acc Make, explain, and justify connections between artists or artwork and social, cultural, and political history.
    • Visual Arts: Standard C1 - Perceive and analyze artistic work.
      • D.C1.9-12acc.a Recognize and describe personal aesthetic and empathetic responses to the natural world and constructed environments.
      • D.C1.9-12acc.b Evaluate the effectiveness of an image to influence ideas, feelings, and behaviors of various audiences.
    • Visual Arts: Standard C2 - Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
      • D.C2.6-8adv Analyze how the interaction of subject matter, characteristics of form and structure, use of media, artmaking approaches, and relevant contextual information contributes to understanding messages or ideas and mood conveyed.
      • D.C2.9-12prof Construct interpretations of artwork, supported by relevant and sufficient evidence found both in the work and in various contexts.
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