Akira Yoshizawa Google Doodle
March 14, 2012 by staff
Akira Yoshizawa Google Doodle, Many of you have likely fashioned a few paper cranes during your elementary school art careers and Google’s homepage doodle today pays homage to the man many consider to be the father of origami, Akira Yoshizawa.
Today is the Japanese artist’s 101st birthday, and Google’s logo has been “folded” into an origami creation.
“We’re celebrating one of the all-time great origami artists – Akira Yoshizawa – with a logo folded by Robert Lang!” tweeted Marissa Mayer, vice president of location and local services at Google.
Origami comes from the Japanese – ori translates to folding and kami means paper. As About.com noted, no one person actually invented origami, but Yoshizawa is regarded as the artist who took origami from a craft to an art form.
Yoshizawa was born in 1911 and moved to Tokyo as a teenager. He worked in a factory and after he was promoted to technical draftsman, he used origami to teach the basic of geometry to new hires, About.com said. By 1937, he left his job to focus solely on his origami endeavors, which was not a particularly lucrative lifestyle.
He didn’t really gain notoriety for his craft until the 1950s when a Japanese magazine had him fold the signs of the zodiac for one of its issues. He later founded the International Origami Centre in Tokyo. Yoshizawa died in 2005 from complications of pneumonia.
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