The Google Doodle celebrating the summer solstice


The latest Google Doodle celebrates the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.

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The short animation features five cartoon swimmers bobbing around in the sea as waves wash over them and features a message wishing the search engine's users a happy summer.

The Doodle has been created by artist Christoph Niemann and shows a combined scarf and glove being knitted into the shape of the Google logo.

Niemann is a German illustrator and graphic artists whose work frequently appears in The New York Times. As well as creating artwork for print, Niemann has also experimented with digital technology. In 2013 he created an interactive app called Petting Zoo, where various cartoon animals react to the users’ prods and swipes. A behind the scenes story of the app can be read here.

The summer solstice takes place today and marks the start of the astronomical summer. It has been celebrated for centuries most famously at the ancient prehistoric site of Stonehenge.

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