Milkcrate Events sculpture milk bottles

Earth Hour Picnic @ Lalor Park

Earth Hour was celebrated with real community spirit last weekend in Sydney’s Western Suburb of Lalor Park. This year’s theme was ‘Appetite for Change: A journey from planet to plate”, so it was fitting that a picnic fair for the locals was held by the Lalor Park Community Garden together with Blacktown City Council.

milk bottle sculpture reuse interactive

The Council booked Milkcrate to provide additional entertainment and art at the event, with a sustainable and participatory focus.  Amid plant and fruit give-aways, rugs on the grass and hundreds of face-painted kids, you could see our our bicycle powered ‘Earth’ sculpture spinning in the centre of the rotunda, in the beautiful grounds at Chifley Park. The work was made using over two hundred 2 litre plastic milk bottles, and bottle caps. The orb rotates with increasing speed when powered up and flashes rainbow when it gets dark.

bicycle powered sculpture kids activity

The installation was popular with people of all ages. Some of the older people stood around the outside of the rotunda watching the kids line up for a turn on the bicycle to make the ‘disco ball’ spin and light up. We also set up our trusty milk bottle lights, and invited kids to take a freshly cleaned milk bottle and draw pictures on the sides of it of somethings “that they can grow and eat”. Their interpretations were a diverse garden of produce!

milk bottle art

The event was a joy to be at, with lots of inspiring stalls and inspired attendees. Way to go Blacktown! We hope that other Council’s will follow from this and other similar initiatives and help make these sorts of community gatherings regular occurrences.

bicycle powered sculpture sustainable

More photos and details of the event at I Love Blacktown’s Facebook Page!

Randwick Eco Living Fair!

Another year goes by, and we are invited back to the Eco Living Fair, put on my the Randwick Council, to provide the participants with the opportunity to pedal power the music for the day at the bike space! The festival provides lots of opportunities for Sydney-siders to experience for themselves the practices and produce of a more sustainable way of life.

We particularly enjoyed being near the BikeWise mechanics, who were doing free bicycle tune ups to those who rode their bikes to the Fair, and also the lovely folk from Trolley’d who provided delicious beverages to hot punters throughout the day from their Ansett lounge bar.

Having done this stall for 2 years now, it is good to note here that the reaction we get from the crowd is certainly changing with the times. This time around we were encouraged by the numbers of people who keenly approached us for a turn on the bikes, and who didn’t refuse us when we offered them the opportunity to ride! Perhaps it was the excellent decor job on the stall that provided the increased enthusiasm for bike power, but we’d like to think it’s because people’s views are changing.

The Efficient Grounded Sound

 

If you’ve been to this site before then you know that we have been regularly setting up our bicycle generators to power a phat sound system. If this is news to you, then there’s a wee vid below of one of these moments! Due to the nature of bicycle power, it is crucial the the equipment used is as efficient as possible, and the Grounded crew have sorted us out. Clever design and sweet new technology are essential so that precious human energy doesn’t go to waste powering dinosaur-age equipment.

Luckily, we have collaborated with a crew who take efficiency very seriously, and they operate no ordinary sound system. The Grounded System was built in Sydney by a crew of mega talented audio and construction nerds, and it is fast gaining a reputation for producing the best bass music in town.The speaker boxes have been hand made with efficiency in mind, and have a horn built in them which would stretch out to 3m if unwrapped! These ‘tapped’ horns produce lovely bass frequencies that are definitely worth pedaling for.

The Grounded Sound crew run a sweet set up and we are super excited that their website has finally been launched and that we can share them with the wwworld! Big Ups to all the folk who have supported them on the dancefloor and on the journey that has resulted in a big stack of banging boxes. We look forward to powering the full Grounded system with (many more) bicycle generators one day soon!

In the meantime, look out for our collaborations during street marches and laneway parties! Our next big fresh gig is on the 27th of September in Sydney central as part of the Surry Hills Festival.  Keep an eye out for a bicycle powered science party… it will be an explosion not to miss!

The future looks bright!

Like all the folks we admire and aspire to be, we are fully on board with sustainable life on earth.

We sport efficient equipment and use bicycles to generate energy for events.

We recently upgraded our solar array and battery storage capacity and here are some pics for your enjoyment from the roof of our studio!

Tempe rooftop solar milkcrate events munchkins solar array tempe

 

Bicycle Powered Stage

In Feb 2014 the lovely boys from Grounded Sound  collaborated with us to rig up 5 bicycles at the ACACIA stage within the groves at  Regrowth Festival near Braidwood NSW, to bike power their massive stacks of speakers!

With 5 bikes hooked up we generated enough power to get the subwoofers cranking nice and loud! We had planned to run the event for one hour, but the crowd was eager and awesome so we kept going for a 100 minutes!

Respect goes out to Greer and the Magnificent Revolution for the use of their system to make this happen… check out their website to see how you can power a whole cinema from bicycles!

A big thanks to the many cyclists who joined us to make it happen… it couldn’t have happened without ya! We look forward to the next Regrowth Festival happening Feb 28th 2015! where we will be setting up a bike gennie rig for participants to help us charge our solar batteries at any time they like!

5 bicycle generators powering the sound system

 

 

Cheers also to the BFG, our resident bike power DJ. Legend. And the infamous MWA for being there and making ACACIA happen.

What can you power with one bicycle?! Find out what else we do with bicycle generators here!

I love bike power poster http://www.milkcrateevents.com/