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:
mobile — n. 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.