Artists to create useful items at Lawson to adapt to climate change

A smoothie bike, used to make drinks at the Cygnet Folk Festival in Tasmania, inspired Tim Willis to start a climate change revolution in the Blue Mountains.

Pedal power from a stationary bike had the stall holder whipping up coffees and lattes in a blender attached to the bike.

Mr Willis set about building his own moving smoothie bike, riding up and the down the street a couple of times to produce a smoothie.

He hopes the community will embrace items like smoothie bikes, as a way to use less energy and therefore reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

It's all part of Mr Willis' plan to create a variety of objects for around the home that will help the community adapt to climate change.

The Katoomba sculptor and Lyttleton Stores curator said he and other artists would also be making water-efficient ollas - unglazed ceramic pots which sit in the ground with the water slowly seeping out.

"It's in response to the drought. Focusing around food security is the greatest challenge in the Blue Mountains," Mr Willis said.

"The bushfires were a big spark. I thought 'we've got to start doing this'. I'd been mulling over climate change and how can we do stuff as individuals and at a community level. The bushfires really galvanised me into action," he said.

They also plan to build machines to make nut butter, and mills for processing grain, using simple technologies like bicycle parts, so when it breaks, it can be repaired by the person who built it.

Eventually, the food produced by the locally built machines will be sold at Lyttleton Stores in Lawson.

An artists meeting will be held on February 21 at Lyttleton Stores from 5.30pm to start the conversation and get some feet on the ground.

"We're looking for people who are hands on and willing to have the time to learn and grow," Mr Willis said.

Register your interest in attending the event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/464188280911002/.

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