“I need the world to see my artwork and present the world what I can do,” 10-year-old Alithia Ramirez wrote alongside the “Google Doodle” she submitted to the corporate’s annual contest earlier this yr. “I need individuals to be comfortable once they see my ardour in artwork.” She needed to go to artwork college in Paris when she grew up.
However Ramirez’s goals have been brutally lower quick on Could 24, when she was one in every of 19 youngsters and two academics murdered by a gunman at Robb Elementary College in Uvalde, Texas. She is survived by her mom, father, brother, and sister.
Firstly of the yr, college students in grades Ok-12, together with Ramirez, submitted drawings to the nationwide Doodle for Google contest, held yearly since 2008. The works incorporate the corporate’s iconic search web page emblem and embody a quick written assertion, and the profitable paintings seems on Google’s homepage for a day.
Ramirez’s drawing portrays a woman sitting on the sofa, wrapping yarn round her fingers and smiling down at her canine, which holds a toy that appears like a miniature model of itself. Behind her, artwork hanging on the wall and two home windows spells out “Google”; via one of many home windows, a rosy-cheeked solar shines into the purple room.
This yr’s Doodle for Google winner has but to be introduced, however a banner on the competition’s touchdown web page is now devoted to Ramirez. The gesture is a means of fulfilling Ramirez’s needs that her artwork can be seen and acknowledged, a spokesperson instructed Hyperallergic.
“Her story and artwork profoundly touched us, and we needed to honor her household’s request to share her distinctive skills that have been so tragically taken because of mindless violence,” the spokesperson continued.
Ramirez’s drawings drew consideration final month when President Joe Biden requested her father for one in every of her artworks to hold within the White Home within the wake of the taking pictures. Now, anybody on the planet can see Ramirez’s artwork, identical to she needed.