If you happen to know any mice who are in the market to relocate, then make sure you let them know that the Swedish city of Malmö is quickly becoming one of the sleekest places on the globe to be a rodent. Recently the city has had a few new businesses popping up in basement windows in the neighborhood of Möllevången. The town’s newest editions of both a bakery and cheese shop however, are distinctly intended for city residents of the more pint-sized variety.
Created by an anonymous group of artists called Anonymouse MMX, the tiny shops measure about 25x12 inches and cater exclusively to the city’s mouse population. As a representative of the group told the Huffington Post via email, “It’s just too darn charming to imagine a world where mice lives parallel to ours but just slightly out of sight.”
The group has revealed that they drew inspiration from the works of other artists such as Don Bluth, Walt Disney and Astrid Lindgren and created the tiny works of art mainly out of found objects in an attempt to make the tiny buildings more mouse-like.
“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.,” the group’s rep explained. “The idea was to use things mice themselves could have collected and reused.”
Though the shops aren’t actually opened for business, their intricate designs are incredibly lifelike, sporting tiny menus and little tables that are perfectly designed for rodents.
Perhaps it’s a given that the little shops are the “in thing” with the city's mouse population, but it seems that they’ve drawn some admirers of the human variety as well. “The idea is for them to stick around until someone breaks them, and for them to become an organic part of the city,” the mysterious artists told HuffPost. “Already people have started to interact with them ― someone has baked miniature buns and posters have been added to the scenery.”
Though the artists have revealed that there are plans under way to expand upon the two existing mouse shops soon, no one knows exactly where or when they’ll pop up. Check out the group’s Instagram page @anonymouse_mmx to stay tuned!