Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 07/22/2011

Google logo morphed into Alexander Calder’s mobile

Google Doodle’s logo celebrates Alexander Calder
Beneath the search box on Google’s home page, tiny shadows dance upon the usually white screen. In yet another playful tribute to an artist, the Google logo has morphed into a doodle mobile honoring Alexander Calder.

“I paint with shapes,” Calder said.

He would have been 113 today. The Post’s Michael Cavna writes of Calder:

Art is meant to move us, of course, but what does it do to our senses, exactly, when the art itself moves? Calder plumbed that sensory experience with his hanging shapes and struts. Has any artist ever quite so successfully sought transporting poetry in motion?

Jumping off the logo, and into the archives, here’s Calder at play with another type of shapes — those of the circus. Watch:

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