14 juillet: Fraternité

14 juillet: Bastille Day

The name Bastille day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille in 1789. On the same day the next year, the Fête de la Fédération, celebrated the unity of the French people. To commemorate both events, this day is simply called Le quatorze juillet (the fourteenth of July).

Today’s doodle is by a guest artist, French illustrator, animator and director Loup Blaster (Louise Druelle). She created 3 separate looping animations representing the devise (or motto) from the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen:Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité. Each animation shows a principle of the French Republic. Here’s what she has to say about each one:

Before creating these animations, I thought about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The first article reads: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” This, and my own personal experiences, served as my inspiration for each animation. 

Liberté

14 juillet: Liberté
14 juillet: Liberté

For me, freedom is related to nature and trees. It’s a symbol for hope and peace, as well as our roots. Since my childhood I always loved trees and they are very present in my work.

Fraternité

14 juillet: Fraternité
14 juillet: Fraternité

The hands symbolize brotherhood, happiness and togetherness. It’s a beautiful and powerful feeling to be part of a big crowd sharing in commemoration, protest or celebration. 

Égalité

14 juillet: Égalité
14 juillet: Égalité

I used the globe to remember that we are all together here on Earth, and it is the only one we have.

14 juillet : c’est ça la France!