Keep your eyes peeled for these mice-sized storefronts in the Boston area

Keep your eyes peeled for these mice-sized storefronts in the Boston area

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“Moussachusetts” welcomes you.

One of AnonyMouse’s Boston installations. AnonymousMouse

Looking up while walking around Boston is usually the way to go.

But if you find your eyes turning to the ground in the coming days and weeks, be sure to keep an eye out for a handful of charming mouse-sized storefronts that have popped up around town.

Miniature shops have recently appeared in the Boston area thanks to a collective of street artists known as AnonyMouse.

“We started in 2016 in the south of Sweden, a couple of us got together and started talking about creating something together and the dialogue shifted to our childhood love of the works of Walt Disney, Don Bluth, Beatrix Potter and the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren”. the collective told Boston.com in an email. “After a while, we focused on these little shops as it was something we ourselves would have loved to stumble upon when we were kids.”

The group has installed more than 40 stores around the world (mainly in Sweden, France and the Isle of Man). But now, there are 10 to 15 in the Boston area, “depending on how you count.”

As the name suggests, the collective remains anonymous in an effort to preserve an element of magic that surrounds small establishments.

“We like the idea of ​​the installations speaking for themselves, and we also really like that kids can believe it was made by mice and not humans,” the collective wrote. “Also, we kind of like the name, and if we were to go public with it, we’d have to change it.”

When they started, each store took about six months from start to finish, they said. But since then, the group has fast-tracked the process so that it takes only about a month. The actual installation now takes just a few minutes, though AnonyMouse said they tend to install the parts overnight so they don’t get detected.

A close look at the installations, whether you’re lucky enough to stumble across one in real life or just on Instagram, reveals that the displays use some everyday human materials.

“We are always looking for human objects that we can use for things other than what a human would use: a matchbox becomes a table, a cork becomes a chair, a bottle cap becomes a fireplace, or a bottle becomes a delivery truck. firemen. So we never really stopped ‘working,’” they said.

In creating the windows over the years, the artists have gotten better at making them as durable as possible, to withstand the elements and the kids that come to play with them.

The collective creates everything from mouse-themed arcades to record stores and barbershops. And the stores are not empty; the artists also create the interior of the stores.

AnonyMouse has so far revealed two Boston facilities on Instagram: a bookstore and a fire station, but there are still a handful more, according to the group.

“Good morning America. So, we have crossed the pond, and where else can we anchor than in the promised land of Moussachusetts,” the collective wrote on Instagram. “Where exactly? Well that’s for us to know and for you to find out! Let the games begin!”

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