Mini mice architecture draws crowds in Sweden

MALMÖ, Sweden (AFP) – With a grin spreading across his face, a man bends down to take a photo of a miniature rubbish bin and street sign at the foot of a building in the southern Swedish town of Malmo.

Lost items from a dollhouse? No, the Lilliputian objects are the latest installation from the artist’s collective Anonymouse, known for its urban architecture for mice with intricate decor worthy of an animated film like Ratatouille.

“One morning, there was a crowd of people outside the building and we couldn’t understand why,” said 74-year-old resident Irene Bengtsson.

“We came down to the street and we saw this little installation,” she told AFP, visibly tickled by the creative initiative.

Built into the building’s air vent at pavement level are two little pastel-coloured storefronts that would fit into a shoebox.

There’s a dance school for mice on the top floor, over a barbershop and a shelter for “lost and travelling” mice.

As is their custom, Anonymouse installed the piece in utmost secret.

The collective presented their first artwork – a restaurant and nut shop – in December 2016.

“We were a group of friends sitting and talking about our shared love of tales where animals live in a world parallel to ours, where they take care of things we lose,” an Anonymouse member who presented themselves as Yasha Mousekewitz told AFP in an email.