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A Mini City for Mice

A Mini City for Mice
Representative Image: A secret world of tiny creatures exists in Sweden, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

An artists' collective has been installing miniature shops and restaurants for mice on the busy city streets of Sweden


August 21 , 2020
06 Min Read

Visitors to the Swedish city of Lund have some new attractions to look out for, but they will have to bow their heads really low in order to see them.

AnonyMouse, a collective that originated in Malmo, has been creating a mini city with tiny (and adorable) stores and cafes for the little rodents roaming the busy streets.

The collective of artists who were inspired by the stories of Astrid Lindgren and Beatrix Potter, and scenes from Walt Disney movies, started building miniature installations for mice in 2016. After making these installations in four different cities in Sweden they began to spread out to the south of France as well as at the Isle of Man. The collective has made 25 scenes so far.

 
 
 
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english below ___________________________ Hej musikälskare! Vi fortsätter vår vistelse i Lund genom att öppna skivaffär. Kom in och spisa jazz med de andra jazzmössen, smyglyssna på veronica formaggios nya, eller köp en minidisc. Vi vill även passa på att tacka lunds kommun för inbjudan och tilltron till små-småföretagare. ______________________________ Hello music lovers! We continue our stay in Lund by opening a record store. Swing by and listen to some sweet jazz, pre-order lady gouda's latest or buy yourself a minidisc. We would also like to thank the municipality of Lund for inviting us and encouraging really small business owners. #anonymouse #anonymousemmx #ricottarecords #lund

A post shared by AnonyMouse (@anonymouse_mmx) on Aug 3, 2020 at 1:44pm PDT

Apart from the mini-city shops for the mice, there's also an interactive mystery quest involving newspapers, emails, maps, and answering machines set up by the group. "We think that at some point most kids like to imagine that there is a world parallel to ours, where small animals live quite like we do but recycle things that we have lost," say the folks at AnonyMouse. "So, we try to incorporate as many human objects as we can, a champagne cork becomes a chair, a matchbox a desk, a seashell becomes a lampshade and a stamp becomes a painting. When we started, it took us three months to complete a scene, but now that we've gotten the hang of it, it's considerably faster."

 
 
 
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English below. . Det är underbart att se så många bry sig om något så litet. Tack för alla uppmuntrande ord, erbjudanden om hjälpande tassar och glada tillrop! . It is amazing to see so many people care about something so small. Thank you for all encouraging words and offers of helping paws. #AnonymouseMMX #Anonymouse_MMX #musbutik #Anonymouse #Malmö #frankieochbenjys #teatroreggiano

A post shared by AnonyMouse (@anonymouse_mmx) on Dec 19, 2017 at 1:39pm PST

 
 
 
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English below. . På Amiralsgatan 7 (ungefär) har vi slagit upp de nya butikerna, och nu skulle vi vilja ha hjälp med julskyltningen! så om ni vill, får ni gärna ställa fram något ni tycker hade passat. . The New shops are located at Amiralsgatan 7, and now we would love to get some help with the winter decorations. So if you happen to have something you think would suit the mice, bring it along! . #Anonymouse #Anonymouse_MMX #AnonymouseMMX #Malmö #musbutik #tophatt #teatroreggiano #frankieochbenjys

A post shared by AnonyMouse (@anonymouse_mmx) on Dec 18, 2017 at 4:03am PST

The collective works only at night, never revealing the precise location of new installations, leaving that a mystery for their public. The followers of their works can be seen searching for clues to their whereabouts in photos. walking the streets with their heads down. People analyse the bricks, signboards, and even bushes in the photo shared by the collective and set out on the quest, giving a ‘Sherlock’ vibe to their travels.

The newest of the creation, the record store containing miniature mice-themed records and posters, follows the opening of the ‘Cicada Pharmacy’ in a different city in July.


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