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Cinzah Merkens


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


Visual and Performing Arts

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  • Artwork
  • Videos, 59 seconds

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"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.
  • Arts
    • Art and Design: Standard 2 - Students will develop, refine, and convey meaning through the production and presentation of artistic work.
      • A.A.Pr.11.h Analyze and describe the impact that an exhibition or collection has on personal awareness of social and cultural beliefs, and contextual understandings.
    • Art and Design: Standard 3 - Students will critically interpret intent and meaning in order to evaluate artistic work.
      • A.A.R.13.m Interpret the formal and expressive qualities in a work of art or design and integrate those qualities into their own work.
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