GOOGLE ASKED young artists to consider the concept, “What I see for the future…” And for Connecticut high schooler Sarah Harrison, that horizon line includes peace.
This afternoon, Harrison’s “A Peaceful Future” is being named as the winning art in the national Doodle 4 Google student contest — and appears on the Google home page. Harrison rendered eight young people as symbols of diverse experience — six of whom spell out “Google.”
Reacting to her win, Harrison said in a statement: “When I started, I was thinking of how there’s a lot of animosity toward diverse communities of people in the world right now. So I wanted to draw something that I hoped would show that we can all get along well, and that it’s possible for us to be happy with each other.”
The Bunnell High School student added: “You don’t know what they’ve been through — and they don’t know what you’ve been through — so we all deserve respect from each other.”
The four national finalists included Lucien Bell, a third-grader at John Eaton Elementary in the District. His sculptural artwork, titled “E-Waste Google,” was created from “a salvaged DVR.”
The celebrity judges included Simone Biles, Jimmy Kimmel and Sia, as well as animation-industry talents Brenda Chapman and Floyd Norman and flights systems engineer Tracy Drain. The annual Doodle4Google contest, launched in 2008, is open to students grades kindergarten through 12; last year’s winner, Akilah Johnson of the District, won for “My Afrocentric Life.”
Harrison’s victory includes $30,000 toward a college scholarship, and a meeting with the Doodle team at Google’s Bay Area headquarters. Her school will get $50,000 in technology funding.