Small World After All: Swedish Artists Place Mouse-Sized Displays In Boston


Photo: James Rojas / WBZ NewsRadio

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — If you're walking around the Seaport District and walk by a miniature newspaper shop called the "Mouzette," you might do a double-take to make sure you didn't suddenly become giant-sized. That's not the case— as these structures are intentionally made mouse-sized, as part of an effort from a Swedish art group called "AnonyMouse," to spruce up neighborhoods in the Greater Boston Area.

So far, AnonyMouse has teased three locales in Massachusetts with the tiny buildings, officially bringing their rodent-inspired project overseas for the first time in North America. The project makes its way to the Commonwealth thanks to a partnership between WS Development and AnonyMouse, the former of which says there are ten tiny street scenes, two at each of the five secret destinations across Greater Boston.

Massachusetts-based WS Development specializes in conceptualizing, operating, and leasing their more than one hundred properties ranging from urban spaces to lifestyle and community centers, officials said.

To protect the integrity of the hunt, we won't detail the exact locations of the miniature structures— though WBZ's James Rojas ended up finding one and asked locals what they thought of sudden appearance of the microcosms around town.

"It's really engaging and fun, it sort of makes you lean down and enjoy this small intimate space, that otherwise isn't very intimate. It really was a treat to find it and take photos of it," one resident named Deb said outside the "Massachusetts Mouseum of Fine Art" building.

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Other literal street art AnonyMouse hinted at included a mouse-themed café, restaurant, fire house, museum, and bookstore.

Abroad in Europe, AnonyMouse has more than a dozen similar creations, all of which promote the imagination of what it's like to live in the world from the perspective of mice.

WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) reports.

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