Google Celebrates Solstice with Takashi Murakami


Google doodles created by Takashi Murakami for the northern and southern hemispheres.

“Do you always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it?” Daisy Buchanan once asked a visiting cousin (second, once removed). “I always watch for the longest day in the year and then miss it.” A commemorative event was soon in the works, albeit briefly. “What’ll we plan? What do people plan?” Google answered with solstice-themed artwork by Takashi Murakami. The Japanese artist created seasonal “Google doodles” featuring the characters for which his company is named, Kaikai and Kiki. “The project was conceived to honor the Summer and Winter solstice,” Murakami tweeted earlier today, which is the longest day of the year or the shortest day of the year depending on where you live. “Amazing! I & kaikaikiki team are so happy this Happening!” He added later. “Thanks a Lot team Google!”