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Friday, July 22, 2011

Google Doodle celebrates Alexander Calder's 113th birthday

The latest Google Doodle celebrates the 113 birth anniversary of Alexander Calder, the American sculptor and artist famous for inventing the mobile sculptures and mobile art.
Two days ago, it was an arrangement of peas. Today (22-July-2011), it's an interesting looking kinetic artwork that has replaced the Google logo, to celebrate the 113th birth anniversary of American artist and sculptor Alexander Calder.

Friday's Google doodle shows a mobile, a type of kinetic sculpture that was invented by Alexander Calder. Mobiles take advantage of the principle of equilibrium and have objects hanging from rods. Kinetic art uses motion for an artistic effect.

Mobiles are usually brightly coloured free-moving creations in abstract shapes made from sheet metal. The mobile Google doodle sways on its own and can also be controlled by mouse gestures.
The Google doodle shows a mobile, a type of kinetic sculpture invented by Alexander Calder.

Google in a blog post confirmed that the Alexander Calder Google Doodle today is the first of its kind, not only because it’s the first Doodle to flaunt a shadow below the search input bar, but the technique used to create it is the modernist way that only an advanced web browser can support all of its hidden and obvious features.

Google regularly replaces its corporate logo with so called Google doodles which celebrate special occasions.

Recently the search engine celebrated music legend Les Paul’s birthday by featured an animated guitar which could be strummed.

Google also marked the 30th anniversary of the arcade game Pac Man by hosting a playable game on its homepage.

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