Google continues the tradition of celebrating important events with a doodle, and look what it’s celebrating today. It’s Alexander Calder’s 113th Birthday. Alexander Calder was an American sculptor, artist and most famous for inventing the mobile. In addition to that, he also created paintings, toys, lithographs, and household objects.
He was a playful artist and a leading exponent of kinetic art. Kinetic art is a type of art that works with moving things or depends on motion for its effect. He invented a type of sculpture called Calder mobile. This type of sculpture is usually abstract in shape and bright in color. It moves freely and uses the principle of equilibrium, with rods from which weighted objects or further rods hang.
Today’s doodle shows the Calder mobile, honoring the great artist with an interactive doodle on it’s homepage. The following video gives an idea of the interactive moving doodle:
Update: You require an accelerometer-equipped laptop to move it gravitationally.
Calder invented the mobile “by bending and twisting wire, he essentially ‘drew’ three-dimensional figures in space,” according to the biography on the Calder Foundation website. The mobile on Google’s homepage is colored according to Google’s logo (characters) and was inspired by a work called “The Star”
This doodle is made entirely using HTML5 canvas, so you would need the latest browser that supports HTML5 to play with it. Clicking on the mobile will take you to the search results of Calder.
According to the post by Google software engineer Jered Wierzbicki,
It runs a physics simulation on the mobile’s geometry, and then does realtime 3D rendering with vector graphics. Only recently have browsers advanced to the point where this is possible.
The doodle worked brilliantly on Chrome 12 and Firefox 5 for me. However, the doodle causes a crash in Firefox on Linux and is not working fine of Internet Explorer 9.
DOB: 22th July 1898
Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Death Date: 11th November 1976
Death Place: New York
Occupation: Sculpture Artist
Other Google Doodles –
- Google Lunar Eclipse Doodle
- Google’s Les Paul Guitar Doodle Gets It’s Own Homepage
- Google Celebrates Fifty Years Since First Man in Space
- Google’s Valentine Day Doodle Is An Eyesore