Google's doodle has the Love bug for Valentine's Day

Love is in the air today and Google are joining in with the feeling as they celebrate Valentine’s Day with a new doodle dedicated to Robert Indiana.

Indiana was born September 13th 1928 and as an artist was considered a part of the ‘Pop Art’ movement which was spearheaded by the iconic Andy Warhol. Google’s doodle is based on his ‘Love’ Sculpture which has been an attraction in the Indianapolis Museum of Art since 1975, and replicas of the classic image have been reconstructed all over the world, including one on Sixth Avenue, New York City and one outside Taipei 101 in Taiwan (which was the tallest building in the world until 2010).

The unique, lop-sided ‘O’ gives the image its distinctive look, and it has been translated into various languages including Hebrew, Chinese, Italian and Spanish.

Robert Indiana, originally named Robert Cark hails from New Castle, Indiana and he first drew the ‘Love’ logo as a Christmas card design. Since then it has cropped up just about everywhere from postage stamps to footwear, and of course, very fittingly as Google’s doodle today.

At 82 years of age Indiana is still working as a designer and artist. Later in life he turned his attention to the stage where he designed sets and clothing; although he did offer a reworking of ‘Love’ in 2008 when he presented ‘Hope’.  The proceeds of sales went towards funding Barrack Obama’s campaign trail to the White House, raising in excess of $1,000,000 through reproductions on T-shirts, keyrings, pins, bumper stickers and various other paraphernalia.

Google’s homepage is a also a timely reminder to all those who have forgotten their loved ones today, but if you’re going to get them a gift; at least really think about it and don’t just dive into the nearest florist or confectioners.

Show them you care, and that you’ve thought about them.

Please share your thoughts on the new doodle by leaving a comment.

See other google logos like Thomas Edison, Jules Verne, Paul Cezanne, Jane Austen and Robert Burns.

images: americanart.si.edu, google.com

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