Leave it to the folks at Google to use the latest technology to update the artwork of Alexander Calder. Today's Google homepage celebrates the American artist's 113th birthday by using a Calder mobile in place of the company logo. The mobile swings on your computer -- and even tilts if you have the right kind of laptop.
Before we get technical, a little bit about the artist:
"Even people who don't know art know Alexander Calder's art," Times art critic Christopher Knight wrote of Calder earlier this year. "Forever identified with the mobile, Calder gave sculptural form to currents of air."
Of Calder's talent, Knight wrote:
"He of course did much more in a long art-life that was encouraged from childhood by a sculptor-father and a painter-mother. But, formally schooled as a mechanical engineer, Calder had the tools, after he decided to become an artist, to bring seemingly effortless elements of balance and poise to bits of broken glass and plastic, chunks of wood and, most often, curved and painted metal plates suspended from a hanging system of interconnected rods."
Southern Californians can check out Calder's work at the show "Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy" at the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach through Sept. 4.
And now about how Google created the doodle: