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The new artwork from Dinky Doors was stolen from Mill Road bridge in Cambridge just four days after it was installed - but there is a new twist in the story.

The miniature ‘FotoDinkyMat’ photo booth was installed by the anonymous street artists in the early hours of last Tuesday morning and had been enjoyed by hundreds of passers-by, who shared images of it on social media.

Dinky Doors: it appears arch nemesis Chief Mischief has melted the FotoDinkyMat with his ray gun at Mill Road bridge. Picture by Dinky Doors (45875927)
Dinky Doors: it appears arch nemesis Chief Mischief has melted the FotoDinkyMat with his ray gun at Mill Road bridge. Picture by Dinky Doors (45875927)

But last Friday morning, it disappeared and the artists asked anyone who knew its whereabouts to get in touch with the Cambridge Independent to arrange its return - no questions asked.

Dinky Doors said: “We’re really sad this has happened because we poured so much love and hard work into this latest door. We were really proud of it and were looking forward to lots of people discovering the FotoDinkyMat over the Easter weekend.”

This morning, the artists said they had spotted a melted puddle of metal that was clearly once the FotoDinkyMat. Next to it was a discarded ray gun and some police crime tape.

Dinky Doors: the FotoDinkyMat before it was destroyed. Pic by Keith Heppell. (45876080)
Dinky Doors: the FotoDinkyMat before it was destroyed. Pic by Keith Heppell. (45876080)

The artists told the Cambridge Independent: “We’ve heard from lots of parents of children who were disappointed not to get a chance to see the FotoDinkyMat, so we tried to find out what happened.

“We have been on a mission to save the world and track down the Supreme Leader ever since they crashed their spaceship into the Museum of Technology. We built the FotoDinkyMat photo booth in the hope that the Supreme leader would come and get a photo taken for their passport to take them back home.

“Alas it seems the leader has an evil nemesis - Chief Mischief - who has destroyed the FotoDinkyMat to stop the Supreme Leader from ever getting that photo.

The sad remains of the Dinky Doors FotoDinkyMat. Picture by Dinky Doors. (45876379)
The sad remains of the Dinky Doors FotoDinkyMat. Picture by Dinky Doors. (45876379)

“All that is left is a melted FotoDinkyMat puddle and the ray gun that Chief Mischief used. To check out the crime scene for yourself, visit Mill Road bridge.”

A map of all the Dinky Doors hidden around the city can be found at dinkydoors.co.uk.

This was the second to be stolen. The artist’s first miniature door - which can still be seen on their website - was outside Roll On Blank Tapes

The artists said: “Our first ever door did disappear but that was only attached with one tiny little screw. It’s not entirely surprising that one went walkies for a walk. But we’ve learnt a lot since then about securing the doors.”

Visit Dinkydoors.co.uk to find out more about the FotoDinkyMat.

Anyone with information on the FotoDinkyMat can call the Cambridge Independent on 01223 320320 or email alex.spencer@iliffemedia.co.uk.



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