May 27, 2014
Rachel Louise Carson's 107th Birthday
This global doodle celebrates famed marine biologist and conservationist Rachel Louise Carson on what would be her 107th birthday. The doodle was originally more aspirational in concept, much like the figure it celebrates. Carson could be seen perched on a seacliff, staring toward the sea with a light animation of her scarf flowing in the wind.
But doodler Matthew Cruickshank eventually went for a different approach.
“As much as I liked the image itself, as well as a chance to do a small piece of animation, I thought it shifted the focus away from the wildlife she sought to learn about and protect,” Matt explains. In the final illustration, Rachel Louise Carson is shown surrounded by a variety of species that dwell within the marine ecosystem, seemingly inspired by this quote from her book, Silent Spring:
“In nature nothing exists alone.”