Miniature ‘Anonymouse’ art from Sweden adorns dorms and mundane restaurants


They draw the crowds to Sweden: cute and quirky storefronts, delis and restaurants created by a mysterious artist collective called “Anonymouse” that have popped up out of nowhere in some cities.

The problem? You have to get on all fours to see them, nestled as they are at the bottom of buildings, just big enough for mice.

“It’s like a treasure hunt,” 29-year-old Madeleine told AFP in Lund, a picturesque university town in the southern Nordic countries where the latest works of the collective are exhibited.

Hidden in knee-high crevices around town, the works often take the form of mundane places, such as student dormitories or a restaurant, but always on a scale more welcoming to small rodents than to humans.

Most often they include cheesy puns, like the music store “Ricotta Records” which sells classic albums like “Back to Brie” by “Amy Winemouse” and “Goodbye Yellow Cheese Roll” by “Stilton John.”

The anonymous team behind the creations has been working together for four years and the temporary installations are made exclusively of recycled materials.

“It’s the big world become small,” Bengt, a 64-year-old social worker, told AFP, walking past to admire one of the works.

“There’s almost always a message in it, it makes people think a bit about how people are doing,” adds Maria, 43.

Staying underground is a top priority for “Anonymouse”.

So when the Municipality of Lund commissioned some work, they didn’t even know where to send the check.

They now have 26 establishments under their belt, including soup kitchens, antique shops and a private investigator’s office, although they are still temporary and usually stay open for a few months.

Their works have also been seen in other cities in Sweden and beyond, in Bayonne in France and on the Isle of Man in the UK.

Reflecting on the Covid-19 pandemic, their first creation in Lund was a mouse pharmacy, with a sign encouraging visitors to “wash your paws”.

“The only thing that made sense was to build a pharmacy to somehow comment on the current global situation,” a spokesman, who introduced himself, told AFP by email. like Yasha Mousekewitz.

Their creations are also a hit on social networks and the collective has more than 139,000 followers on Instagram.


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