Tiny Shops For Mice Have Popped Up In Sweden
Even mice need a place to shop
Life gets so busy (especially this time of the year) and in the hustle and bustle, we often tend to overlook the smaller things in life. While tiny in stature, sometimes these things can offer a mighty amount of meaning. And so it is in the Swedish town of Malmö. It seems that tiny storefronts are showing up. Storefront that are just the perfect size for… mice.
These tiny displays have been brought to life by an artistic bunch known as Anonymouse_MMX. The Swedish website The Local notes that there are two small creations, “Noix de Vie” (Nuts Of Life) and next to it, “Il Topolino,” which stands for Mickey Mouse in Italian.
Noix and il topolino at dusk. Thank you soooo much for the new likes and followers! It means the world to us! Without spoiling too much we can tell you that we're working on a new scene, and in 2017 you're going to be able to see plenty more! #bergsgatan #kebabhouse #möllan #anonymouse_mmx #anonymouse #disney #thegreatmousedetective #therescuers #anamericantail #donbluth #streetart
The storefronts are set up on a street in Malmo, nestled below other, life-sized storefront. In a press release, one of the group members says “The sceneries are built for their own sake and not to gain any financial or public recognition. But we are very happy that so many people have enjoyed it so far.”
The artist adds “The idea to construct mice-sized sceneries emerged in March of this year, it started with us just wanting to build something, and then the focus point shifted onto the stories of Astrid Lindgren and the movies of Walt Disney and Don Bluth. We believe that at some point most kids like to image that there is a world parallel to ours wherein small animals live quite like we do but using things that we have lost. So that was the origin, and by the response we’ve gotten it seems like quite a few people share that fantasy.”
ENGLISH BELOW. Invigningen av restaurangen Il Topolino möttes av ett något större tryck än beräknat. Det var kul men lämnade ett visst slitage på lokalerna, så under kvällen valde vi att hålla stängt för lättare renovering. (det kan ha funnits en incident med en kock och dåligt dragna ledningar). Men nu är vi åter på plats igen och välkomnar lagom till frukosten. ###### The grand opening of Il topolino was met with a slightly larger interest than anticipated. Its been good fun by also resulted in a bit of a wear on the inventory, so this afternoon we were forced to shut down temporarely (there might have been an incident with a chef and some loose wiring). Anyways, we're back again, just in time for breakfast! Cheese out! #anonymouse
They continue: “It is built mainly from scraps we have collected for the purpose of building this, so it consist of bottle caps, wire, tin cans, matches, italian stamps, a lamp shade and more. And we started with it in March, and have continued to work on it occasionally. There has been quite alot of glueing, hammering, painting and soldering going on.”
The artists have more of these in the works. These tiny scenes sort of remind you of this artist’s work, don’t they? Here’s a video (the voice-over is in Swedish):