A parallel mouse-sized cityscape is growing on the streets of Malmö, Sweden, with each tiny addition to the scene.
Earlier in December, thelocal.se had announced the appearence of a mouse-sized shop and a restaurant at the intersection between Bergsgatan and Almbacksgatan in Malmö, Sweden.
#Noixdevie and #Iltopolino
Turns out the tiny shop and restaurant was the work of an anonymous collective named Anonymouse MMX. A tiny nut & cheese shop named “Noix de Vie” (French for “Nuts of Life”) and an Italian Restaurant named “Il Topolino” (Italian for “Mickey Mouse”) complete with flowers, lights and food was constructed in an area no bigger than 25″x12″ (63cmx12cm).
“They are built of things that we had laying around and also things we collected, like caps, lids from tin cans, matches, buttons, a lamp shade, Italian stamps etc.,” one of the artists told HuffingtonPost.com. “The idea was to use things mice themselves could have collected and reused.”
The group also announced plans for more mouse-sized art in 2017 via an Instagram update: “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.”
Mouse-sized presents are flooding in.
But it appears, as is visible from how the story of mouse-sized art in the streets of Malmö went viral, the residents of the city (and perhaps tourists as well) also seemed to love the idea of an alternate cityscape for mice and made their own additions into the project.
Thelocal.se wrote an entire post dedicated to how the artistic intervention grew with items flooded to the spot by others, such as mouse sized treats like cheese and buns, posters of mouse-friendly event announcements, a mouse-sized bus stop, wheel-chair ramp, bicycles and a delivery truck. And even toy mice, drinking and picnicking.
What about real mice?
“The nuts are real but the store is closed at the moment, so unless the mice possess some kind of lockpicking talent we doubt they’ll get it,” an artist told HuffingtonPost.
But from a Field of Dreams point of view, “if you build it, they will come.” And they did.
So here’s what happened when a real mouse visited “Noix de Vie”:
EDIT: Recent instagram photos from the scene suggest that the two shops have been vandalized. @expressen announced that someone from the Anonymouse collective has removed the destroyed shops from the spot. No new announcement has been made from the group, yet we’re hoping that they’ll decide to rebuild the two shops so the mouse-sized streets will live on.