Today on Valentine's Day, Google has a special logo to celebrate the day but it is also remembering the man who created the Ferris Wheel, George Ferris on his 154th birthday. The wheel is interactive but here is the static version of the logo:
What an absolutely stunning Google logo/Doodle and it is interactive, which makes it more fun. Click on the heart, the wheel spins and matches up to characters. Here is an video of the Google Ferris Wheel Doodle in action:
George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. was born February 14, 1859 in Galesburg, Illinois and died at the young age of 37 on November 22, 1896 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He died from yphoid fever.
He invented the Ferris Wheel in June 9, 1892 or so and it was the main attraction at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. It held 36 passenger cars, each fitted with 40 revolving chairs and able to accommodate up to 60 people, so the wheel fit a total of 2,160 people. It took a whole 20 minutes to make two revolutions and carried about 38,000 passengers daily at that fair.
Google has some detailed on how and why they made this Doodle at the Google Doodle archive. They wrote:
We hope you enjoyed the final interactive doodle and perhaps learned a little bit about love, life and Ferris Wheels.
For other Valentine's Day logos from search engines and the industry see this story.