Do not adjust your computer screen: Today’s Google Doodle is purposefully colorful, dreamlike, and twisted. Squint, and you may be able to recognize the letters of Google’s name in those five images — which double as illustrations of Catalan architect Antoní Gaudi’s most famous buildings and mosaics.
Gaudi was born 161 years ago today in Reus, a city in Spain’s Catalonia region. After a childhood and adolescence characterized by poor health, he entered the military in 1875 but spent much of his service on sick leave — enabling him to study architecture in Barcelona, graduating in 1878. After that, Gaudi’s unique, curving, nature-inspired structures began appearing all over Barcelona, from the Plaça Reial (he designed the lampposts) to the Park Güell (a garden complex that’s an architecture buff’s version of Disneyland).