For almost a year the big G.’. is surreptitiously inserting a symbol in some of its Doodles. The small symbol looks like the Triforce from the Zelda series of videogames, “a triangular relic featured as a nearly-omnipotent sacred item representing the essences of the Golden Goddesses”, also made popular in the Internet (“newfags can’t”).
Blogoscoped writes that it could be simply an easter egg or the signature of the artist. Who may be a big Zelda fan. Speaking of conspiracies, though, we can’t stop speculating since the Triforce is such an irresistible invitation to paranoia.
The most obvious association of the Triforce is with the “All Seeing Eye”, nowadays an almost universal symbol for god, and particularly, to the Freemasonry, even though it was already current before the foundation of the secret society. The Eye of Providence is highlighted in the verse of the Seal of the United States, and for more than half a century circulates in all dollar notes.
Since we mentioned Freemasons, there’s another use more similar to the Triforce and that can be more properly associated with the group. It’s the three dots, initially used in the late 18th century by French freemasons instead of the usual periods to mark an abbreviation. “G.’. O.’. de France” for instance would be a fashionable abbreviation of Grand Orient of France easily noticed as related to the brotherhood.
And as we also mentioned the dollar, one can find a surprising Triforce there:
Impressed? You may be starting to take this seriously, but those are just coincidences. Three triangles forming a larger one is not a symbol so complex so as to not come up independently several times over.
In feudal japan, many family crests incorporated it, and its probable that the Zelda game itself, from Nintendo, is a reference to this use rather than the western tradition of the All Seeing Eye or Freemasons. Nintendo will probably deny reference to any of those.
Three triangles forming a larger one are also a suggestion of a fractal object in themselves. It’s a Sierpinski triangle:
From Freemasons, the dollar, Nintendo and fractals, we may well return to the Doodles. Far from suggesting an evil “Conspiracy!”, the most recent Google this past July 9th honoured Nikola Tesla. And, this is relevant, the artist seems to have mixed the Triforce with the letter “T”. Abbreviation for Tesla, of course, and also the unit for magnetic flux honouring the same genius.
Back to where we started, without much surprise all suggests it’s indeed just an Ester Egg and/or some sort of signature used by the artist, willing to play with the sacred Triforce and turn it into a “Teslaforce”.
So, to some ordinary investigation. The artist, by the way, is Susie Sahim. She didn’t insert the Triforce in all of her Google Doodles, and is directing inquiries to Google. But if you look at her Twitter profile image you will find another reference to Zelda. And as friend Renê Fraga pointed to me, she also inserts Triforce in other works (the panda was used in an April Fools Google site).
I will update this post when we get some official word from Google, but I wouldn’t count on a Great Conspiracy of Freemasons and Fractals. I do hope however that this little Conspiracy trip was fun.
Kudos to Sahim for her great art and allowing me to rave so much from such little Zelda triangles. Or sacred Triforce.
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