Google Doodles Alexander Calder's 113th Birthday

Google has an interactive Doodle up for Alexander Calder's 113th birthday. When you click and drag on the parts of the Doodle, it starts moving the entire Doodle around. This, however, can't be seen on Firefox or Internet Explorer, apparently. I was able to view it on Safari on Mac (though I couldn't click on it to take me to a results page for Alexander Calder directly) and it reportedly works on Google Chrome. Google says that this is the first Doodle made on its HTML5 canvas and it's recommended that you use a 'modern browser' to view the Doodle. There have been reports of Firefox and Linux crashing for some users trying to view the Doodle.

It's interactive for some

It's interactive for some



Google software engineer, Jered Wierzbicki says, “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.


Alexander Calder was an American sculptor and an artist. His signature work was inventing mobile sculptures, which is what the Doodle displays. He was born on the 22nd of July, 1898 in Lawnton, Pennsylvania and came from a family of sculptors and artists. Both, his father and his grandfather were sculptors and his mother was a portrait painter. His paintings and sculptures exist in various places around the world including Montreal, Paris and Lisbon.

Published Date: Jul 22, 2011 01:32 pm | Updated Date: Jul 22, 2011 01:32 pm