Google Brings The Johnny Cash Project to Chrome

This week marked the eight anniver­sary of John­ny Cash’s death. Google did­n’t give John­ny a doo­dle, unlike Fred­die Mer­cury ear­li­er this month. How­ev­er the Googlers did cre­ate a spe­cial theme for their Chrome brows­er based on The John­ny Cash Project. And they announced it on Mon­day Night Foot­ball ear­li­er this week. (Watch the com­mer­cial above.)

As you may recall, The John­ny Cash Project was launched as a glob­al art ini­tia­tive to hon­or the lega­cy of the influ­en­tial singer.  The project asked fans to use a cus­tom draw­ing tool to cre­ate per­son­al por­traits of John­ny. Then, the images were inte­grat­ed into a music video set to “Ain’t No Grave,” the first track on the album released posthu­mous­ly in Feb­ru­ary, 2010. The clip right above brings you inside the mak­ing of the crowd­sourced video. The end result can be viewed right here.

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