Summer solstice 2013 Doodle: First Day of summer

Summer stolcice 2013 Doodle

Summer stolcice 2013 Doodle

On June 21st is summer solstice – the longest day of the year. In the northern hemisphere, the astronomical summer begins. Google celebrates the first day of summer 2013 with a great doodle. It’s a double-doodle or twin-doodle, two sides of a doodle-coin, because in the countries of the southern hemisphere Google celebrates „beginning of winter“. While with us six dry people  with Google-colored bathing caps are overwhelmed by waves, a giant glove is knitted in the southern hemisphere.

Both animated Doodles were designed by German artist Christoph Niemann. Niemann was born in 1970 in Waiblingen, Germany. After graduating, he moved in 1997 to New York. There he made a name for himself, especially in the major established magazines like NewYorker or the New York Times, for which he designed a column. I see Christoph Niemann in the humorous, intelligent drawing tradition of Saul Steinberg. Refreshing, lively, with a down to earth, dry humor.

Here are the two doodles as individual images. Summer in early 2013 … reminds me of Loriot. In my eyes it has something German. A diligent German family spends the summer solstice in the water and endure wave after wave. Funny!

First Day of Summer 2013 Doodle (by Christoph Niemann)

First Day of Summer 2013 Doodle (by Christoph Niemann)

First Day of Winter 2013 (southern hemisphere). This reminds me of the bold baroque delight lines of  Saul Steinberg.

First Day of Winter 2013 (Doodle by Christoph Niemann)

First Day of Winter 2013 (Doodle by Christoph Niemann)

If you are interested in his work: Christoph Niemann is also on Google+.

First Day of summer

The Earth’s axis is – inclined slightly – in the view of the sun. The result is that the Earth is closer to the sun on their way to the sun times on one side and sometimes on the other side. From Earth seen the sun between the northern and southern tropics moves back and forth. The path around the sun takes exactly one year. Consequently, the sun needs a turning circle to another half a year. With us on the northern hemisphere, the sun is our 21 June next. The day is the longest of the year. From tomorrow the sun moves then back south. There she meets on 21 December, winter solstice.

Summer solstice

Summer solstice

Solstice artists

Niemann is the second living artist to be allowed to make a „Solstice Doodle“. In 2011, Google was the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami designed a very cool Summer Solstice Doodle:

Summer solstice  Doodle 2011 (by Takashi Murakami)

Summer solstice Doodle 2011 (by Takashi Murakami)


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