Seen and Heard — Japanese Artist Chiharu Shiota’s Installation and More

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Photo: Longwoodgardens.org

The Internet is a strange and exciting place filled with all sorts of fun ways to waste time. From DIY projects to educational infographs to silly videos, the Internet has it all! The Krrb team has their ear to the ground—here’s what we’ve been clicking on this week!

This week, we’ve looking at old yearbook photos and found an artist whose rebelling quietly on logo-plastered athletic apparel. Don’t wait—check it out now!

“The Key In The Hand” Art Installation

Seen and Heard

Photo: Flickr.com/photos/doctorow

Venice is gorgeous already, but it has recently gotten more beautiful. All thanks to an installation from Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota, entitled The Key In The Hand. This truly breathtaking art piece is currently housed in La Biennale de Venezia as part of the 56th International Art Exhibition – All The World’s Futures. What makes this installation a a sight to see is that it’s made up of thousands upon thousands of rusty keys suspended in a incredible webwork of red thread that almost seems to reach out and grab you from the hull of a small wooden boat. While pictures and video help you see the the overall impact of this piece, visitors who have seen this installation in-person say being there to experience it up close provides a completely different feeling. Until you can make it to Venice, check out this video by Sergey Khodakovskiy. —Mateo

The Evolution of American Yearbook Photos Over 108 Years

I recently dug up my old high school yearbook photo and this research project had me thinking about what I’ll see when I look at it in 20 years. According to an article in Slate, researchers measured smile intensity over decades of yearbook photos and found that everyone smiled more as time went on, with girls always smiling more than boys. These researchers from Berkeley are collecting more data, so find out how you can contribute. I mean, aren’t you curious to see how wacky hairstyles were back then? —Vee

This Artist Make Athletic Apparel Blossom

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British artist James Merry now lives in Reykjavik, sewing the flora and fauna that he finds around him onto vintage articles of sportswear. But this art is not art for art’s sake. It started as an act of social rebellion when Merry was living in New York City, in the midst of mass-produced things. Merry says, “Embroidering plant life [was] my very polite, very English form of protest against the urban.” Transforming vintage athletic apparel in something that feels handmade, Krrb is all about it. —Alexandra

Cookie Recipes for Rookie Bakers

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Photo: Refinery29.com

Let’s get one thing straight: I may be an avid eater, but I’m a rarely a chef. I go all out in helping my family make Christmas cookies when I visit, but rarely venture beyond ramen when making meals for myself. That’s why I loved this list of essential cookie recipes: there’s enough variety to feel like you’re a master in the kitchen, and everything is simple enough to be prepped with amateur confidence. Here’s to even more snacking this season! —Lauren

Major Holiday Style in These Gardens

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I’m a big sucker for Christmas decorations. Whether it’s a full blown festival or just a modestly lit lamp post, I’m most likely going to bask in all of its glory. When I saw this roundup of photos from Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania I immediately scrambled to try to find someone to make an impromptu trip with me this season. The gardens and greenhouses are filled to the brim with Christmas trees, seasonal flowers and plants and the most magnificent lighting. I’m always looking for new ways to get in that holiday spirit, so I hope I can find time to make the trip (and if not I’ll save it for next year!) —Chrissy