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Alexander Calder: Mobile artist — no, not for Apple

Today’s Google Doodle honors mobile artist Alexander Calder. I know the name, I’ve seen the art, but when I read “mobile” these days, I think of portability — as in personal tech. (“Where can I take this?”) Ah, but there is another definition.

Per Webster’s New World Dictionary:

mobilen. a piece of abstract art that aims to depict movement, as by an arrangement of thin forms, rings, etc. suspended and set in movement by air currents.

Calder (b. July 22, 1898) is the American sculptor credited with inventing mobile sculptures, such as those shown in the National Gallery of Art. You can learn more about his life and work here, at the Calder Foundation website.

UPDATE: PC Mag says the Calder doodle is the first designed in HTML5. If you’re using Firefox or Chrome, you can change the doodle’s movement.
 

EARLIER: Google honors choreographer Martha Graham

 


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Google celebrates choreographer Martha Graham

Today’s Google Doodle honors dancer and choreographer Martha Graham (1894-1991), who is credited with revolutionizing the art world in the 1920s and 30s with her contributions to contemporary dance. The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance offers a “few clues” to help decipher the doodle, which was animated by Ryan Woodward.