Mobile Google doodle fetes Alexander Calder's 113th B'day

Posted By: Abdul Nisar
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Doodle for Alexander Calder
Bangalore, Jul 22: The search giant once again greeted the Google search engine users with another interactive Google Doodle. The new doodle on Friday, Jul 22 was featured to celebrate the 113th birthday of American artist and sculptor Alexander Calder.

Alexander Calder is famous for inventing the mobile, a type of kinetic sculpture constructed to take advantage of the principle of equilibrium. Google featured a hanging mobile as the new doodle on its search engine home page. Visitors can rotate the mobile using the mouse. More over unlike any other interactive doodles, doodle for Alexander Calder shows its shadow below the search column.

According to Wikipedia, Alexander "Sandy" Calder was born in Lawnton, Pennsylvania, on Jul 22, 1898. His father, Alexander Stirling Calder, was a well-known sculptor who created many public installations, a majority of them in Philadelphia.

The sculptor Alexander Calder is well known for his mobiles. Calder invented the mobile in 1931. Marcel Duchamp suggested the name "mobile". Mobiles are also popular in the nursery, where they hang over cribs to give infants something to entertain them and give them external visual stimulation.

Mobile consists of a number of rods, from which weighted objects or further rods hang. The objects hanging from the rods balance each other, so that the rods remain more or less horizontal. Each rod hangs from only one string, which gives it freedom to rotate about the string.

Technology giant Google never misses a chance to feature Doodles on its search engine homepage globally and locally. The interactive and beautifully designed Google Doodles remind us about special days and life of great artists and scientists.

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