Quarantined Couple Create a Minature Art Gallery for Their Gerbils With Tiny Iconic Paintings | 22 Words

It's safe to say that we're all struggling to stay motivated during this global lockdown, but one Italian couple decided to put their skills to use and create a miniature art gallery for their gerbils.

Keep scrolling to check out this amazing (and also very adorable) creation...

 

Living in a lockdown really isn't as fun as it sounds.

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Of course, the thought of staying indoors, wearing pajamas, and binge-watching Netflix is heavenly for many, but it is far from this reality.

With millions around the world now living in lockdown and practicing self-isolation...

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Staying inside and not doing anything is now a day-to-day reality.

Dogs, we now feel your pain...

Being cooped up indoors for weeks on end is enough to drive anyone mad!

It's safe to say that people are getting bored.

And many are running out of ideas to keep themselves occupied during these slow times.

But one couple has come up with a fantastic way to keep busy and occupied.

Filippo Lorenzin and his girlfriend, Marianna, are an Italian couple currently living in London and they both have one big thing in common - and that is art.

The couple, who are both thirty, are huge art enthusiasts...

And Filippo works for the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington - which specializes in art and design.

Of course, the museum is now closed until further notice...

And Filippo and Marianna have found themselves spending a lot of time together... not doing much at all.

The couple own 2 gerbils named Pandoro and Tiramisù...

And they recently decided to occupy themselves by creating a miniature art gallery for the gerbils to enjoy.

Filippo knew exactly what he wanted...

"We tend to spend a lot of time enjoying not just the works but also the quality of the display props — gallery assistants’ stools, wall labels, QR codes to engage with the visitors, etc," he told BuzzFeed News. "When we planned this small gallery, we enjoyed very much to make teeny-tiny versions of these."

They started with some basic gallery accessories...

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Such as miniature benches.

And tiny labels for the art...

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Including miniature QR codes.

But when it came down to the art up for display...

They really put some hard work in. "Initially we wanted to remake less famous paintings, but then we thought it would have been fun to play with how famous and recognizable some artworks are," Filippo explained.

The detail is astonishing.

It must have taken Filippo and Marianna hours to complete these masterpieces.

After 4 hours of hard work...

The gerbils' new enclosure was ready.

The gallery was a true work of art...

And the gerbils seemed curious about their new surroundings... at first.

It turns out that gerbils aren't the most polite of gallery guests...

And they completely disregarded the "don't chew" sign... even though they look so adorable wandering around in their new space!

They seemed more interested in the furniture than the art...

And it turns out that chairs are very chewable!

Filippo has been sharing his creation online...

And it has truly made many people's days who have been stuck in self-isolation. "It is very pleasant. What started as a pastime for a lazy Sunday spent locked in our flat became one of the most surreal experiences we ever had," Filippo said.

This goes to show that if gerbils can have a good time in a museum... then so can we!

"We hope this will put a smile to some and make them remember a good time they spent in a museum," he went on to say. "Remember to support your museums!"

Have a proper tour of the miniature gallery here...

And make sure to keep scrolling for more ways of keeping entertained during lockdown...