We love learning about playful architectural details local passersby might go their whole lives without noticing. Previously we’ve learned about Bunnicula in Newcastle, England and the pop culture monster grotesques on a French cathedral. Today we’re looking at a tiny public sculpture of two mice nibbling on a piece of cheese, which is located way up high on the outside of a building on London’s Philpot lane.
Besides its obvious cuteness, the best part about this sculpture is that no one is entirely sure why it exists. The most popular theory is that the mice were created in memory of the deaths of two 19th century construction workers:
“Local legend has it that the mice were created to mark the tragic death of two workers involved in the construction of the nearby Monument to the Great Fire of London. Two workers on this project were perched high in the air and took a break for lunch. One of the men noticed that his cheese sandwich had been nibbled at, leaving very little behind. He accused the friend next to him of eating the sandwich and the men got into a scuffle, which resulted in them falling to their deaths. It was, supposedly, later discovered that the food had been eaten by mice.”
Whether or not the wee mice and their cheese were created as a memorial or simply because someone really really likes mice, we hope more people now notice this tiny and mysterious work of public art.
Photos by Ahvenas.
[via Atlas Obscura]