The Great Exhibition, the first world’s fair exposition, happened exactly 160 years ago; however, Google celebrated and relived the momentous event in the latest Google Doodle, which replaced the official logo on the company’s homepage.
On May 1, 1851, Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband, planned the event that took place in the Crystal Palace building at Hyde Park.
The doodle’s graphic includes Google’s name, where visitors can use their mouse to zoom in and view sections, as if looking through a magnifying glass, which features animations such as a fountain.
Prince Albert’s show was an instant hit and the profit helped found London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum.
Originally called as international exhibitions, world’s fairs continued through the years periodically around the globe, and many have resulted to notable works of architecture, including the Eiffel Tower from Paris’s 1889 Exposition Universelle, the Atomium in Brussels and Seattle’s Space Needle.
The latest world’s fair took place last year in Shanghai, China, while the next one will be in 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea.