Mice are everywhere, and with this is mind, a conglomerate of artists called Anonymouse, created a tiny, mouse-sized diorama, and installed it at a street corner in Malmö, Sweden.
“This was a project we created because it brought us joy,” Anonymouse said. “We like to work with our hands, and have fond memories of the movies of Don Bluth and Disney, and the books of Astrid Lindgren.”
The miniature venue “Noix de Vie” (French for “Nuts of life”) displays fancy platters of Brazil nuts, cashews and pistachios behind a teeny glass window.
A little Parisian-style café offers its mice patrons indoor and outdoor seating. The door even has a little sign to say that they accept major credit cards.
There’s a miniscule bicycle, a free-standing flower pot and even Banksy-inspired street art. Tiny flyers advertise events and performances like “Night of the Were-Rat” and “Maus: The Exhibition.”
At night, a teensy electricity box powers lamps inside the café and shop, give the little town a welcoming glow.
“There is something quite charming with the idea that animals (not necessarily mice) live in a world parallel to ours, and that they use things we drop to create their own little houses and shops,” Anonymouse said.
While Anonymouse said that mice don’t permanently live there, a special visitor an anonymous gray mouse stopped by.
Mice aren’t the only animals who come to visit, droves of people, dogs frequently visit as well, though they don’t look particularly impressed.
Perhaps they’re wondering why Anonymouse didn’t make everything a little bit more dog-sized.
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