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Posted at 1:56 PM ET, 12/23/2010

Artwork of the Day: New GOOGLE DOODLE renders joy to the world

By Michael Cavna


holiday10.jpg ("Up on the House Top" and Moroccan henna lamps from the new Google Doodle.)

Google is celebrating the season with perhaps its most joyous "doodle" of the year.

Today through Christmas Day, Google's home-page doodle will feature 17 interactive, cartoonish illustrations that -- like cultural snapshots worthy of Disney's "It's a Small World" ride -- depict scenes of joy from around the globe. The colors and layout of the doodle roughly approximate the Mountain View, Calif., company's "Google" logo.

"Chief doodler" Micheal Lopez, 30, told the Wall Street Journal that five artists worked 250 hours -- right down to the wire -- to create the holiday card.

Each of the 17 illustrations can be expanded and clicked on to reveal its inspiration.

The landmarks and tourist destinations depicted include St. Basil's Cathedral in Russia; The Acropolis of Athens; Mount Fuji in Japan; The Great Wall of China. There are also the marine scenes of Venetian gondolas and Sydney Harbour, as well as the aridity of the Sahara desert.

The rendered food includes a Buche de Noel dessert log; Pierogi dumplings; and chili peppers, and there are also the lush vineyards of Chile.

There are such distinctively beautiful items as African kangas and Moroccan henna lamps. And performance scenes include Indian dancers and Oud players and Nepalese singers.

And then with a nod to a specific song, there is Santa's reindeer-and-rooftop scene that renders Benjamin Hanby's Christmas song "Up on the House Top."

By Michael Cavna  | December 23, 2010; 1:56 PM ET
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