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.
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.
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 thismural 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.
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.
Visual Arts: Standard 7 - Perceive and analyze artistic work.
VA.7.RE1.HS2 1. Analyze, summarize, and explain how works of art or design can reveal cultural values, global contexts, and human experiences.
Visual Arts: Standard 8 - Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
VA.8.RE2.8 1. Interpret art by analyzing how the interaction of subject matter, formal art elements, composition, use of media, art-making approaches, and relevant contextual information contributes to understanding messages or ideas and mood conveyed.
VA.8.RE2.HS1 2. Orally or in writing interpret an artwork or collection of works, supported by relevant and sufficient evidence found in the work and its various contexts.