Last Updated on August 30, 2023
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the first Google Doodle, which was created to celebrate the Burning Man Festival on August 30, 1998.
The doodle was a simple design of a stick figure behind the second “o” in the word “Google”, and it was intended to indicate the absence of Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who were attending the festival.
The Burning Man Festival is an annual event that takes place in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. The festival is a celebration of creativity, self-expression, and community. Burning Man is known for its elaborate art installations, music, and performances. The theme for Burning Man 2023, which is currently happening, is “Animalia”.
The first Google Doodle was created by Larry Page and Sergey Brin using the basic coding language HTML. They replaced the second “o” in the Google logo with a stick figure holding a placard that read “Burning Man”. The doodle was intended to let users know that the founders would be away from the office attending the festival.
The doodle was so popular that Google started creating more doodles to celebrate other holidays and events. Today, Google Doodles are a popular way for Google to celebrate cultural events, historical figures, and scientific discoveries. Google Doodles are a fun and creative way for Google to connect with users and celebrate the world around us.
The first Google Doodle was a simple beginning, but it has since grown into a global phenomenon. Google Doodles are now seen by billions of people around the world every year. They have become a way for Google to share its values of creativity, innovation, and community with the world.
The playa, the dry lake bed where the event is held, was covered in several inches of water, and there was a risk of sinkholes and other safety hazards.
The Burning Man Project worked to clear the playa and make it safe for participants. The event kicked off on August 27th as planned, and the festival is currently ongoing.
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