George Ferris and his famous wheels get a Valentine’s Day tribute from Google for the inventor’s 154th birthday
George Ferris’s latest monument is coming in the form of a 210-metres spinning wheel at the centre of a $1.6-billion project in the United Arab Emirates. The “Dubai Eye” will be the world’s biggest Ferris wheel — beating out the London Eye, which stands at a puny 135 metres.
Ferris, who invented the iconic carnival mainstay, was born 154 years ago today. Google joined in the celebration Thursday by creating a doodle in his honour.
Dubai’s giant take on Ferris’s invention is just the latest chapter in a game of one-upmanship that can be traced back to a drawing on Ferris’s napkin in 1891. (Google; New York Times archives)