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Self-Isolating Couple Build Mini Art Gallery For Their Pet Gerbils

Self-Isolating Couple Build Mini Art Gallery For Their Pet Gerbils

With loads of people in self-isolation, many are looking at ways to stave off the boredom.

Some are taking up a new hobby like painting, maybe learning a new language to bust out when they're allowed to travel, or pouring their blood, sweat and tears into home workouts.

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But one art-loving couple who are self-isolating in London has upped the ante on what you can achieve when you're inside.

Filippo and Marianna created 'The Gerbil Museum' for their tiny pets and made sure the animals would learn a thing or two about historic pieces.

The couple designed a small gallery for their gerbils to rummage through and recreated some of the world's most iconic paintings, but with a gerbil twist.

With incredible detail, Filippo and Marianna drew gerbil versions of Da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa', Vermeer's 'Girl with a Pearl Earring', Munch's 'The Scream', and Klimt's 'The Kiss'.

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Credit: Filippo Lorenzin
Credit: Filippo Lorenzin
Credit: Filippo Lorenzin
Credit: Filippo Lorenzin
Credit: Filippo Lorenzin
Credit: Filippo Lorenzin

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Speaking to Bored Panda, Filippo said: "We visit museums and galleries whenever we can. We are interested in the artworks as much as in the way these are displayed.

"Are the QR codes to engage the public working? How comfortable are the gallery stools? Is there any audio guide? etc.

"When Marianna suggested to make a sort of doll house for our beloved gerbils as pastime for a lazy Sunday spent locked at home, I suggested to make a small art gallery. She is very good at painting and it was a nice opportunity to keep us busy with a fun project."

Credit: Filippo Lorenzin
Credit: Filippo Lorenzin

Photos and a video uploaded to social media show nine-month-old brothers Pandoro and Tiramisù seemingly loving their new surroundings.

We would love to know whether they really 'got' the art and appreciated their species being depicted in such beautiful and artistic ways, or whether it was strange and absurd to them.

According to Filippo, they loved the gallery.

Credit: Filippo Lorenzin
Credit: Filippo Lorenzin

"They seemed interested in everything but the paintings, which made us laugh," he said.

"They explored the space interacting with the stool, the signs and the benches instead."

Filippo and Marianna have been blown away with the reaction to the project on social media and are open to suggestions on what they could make next for Pandoro and Tiramisù.

Featured Image Credit: Filippo Lorenzin

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Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.