Wow! It’s hard to believe that the artist who created this lively scene from outer space, the winning entry in this year’s “Doodle 4 Google” competition, is only seven. Matteo Lopez of South San Francisco, California, a second grader at Monte Verde Elementary School, beat more than 107,000 submissions sent in from all over the country with his picture on the theme “What I’d like to do someday…” His answer? “Become an astronaut and explore space life.”
Matteo has won a $15,000 college scholarship, a netbook computer and a $25,000 technology grant for his school. And his doodle is the Google homepage design for today.
The Doodle 4 Google competition, now in its fourth year in the US, gives K-12 students the chance to redesign Google’s homepage logo. (There are similar competitions in 21 countries around the world.) For this year’s contest, Google also provided 40 Regional Finalists with a trip to New York to meet the company’s doodle team. Their work will be displayed at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York through June 16 and at SFMOMA in San Francisco from May 20 through July 19.
Good job, Matteo!