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Lots of creative grist for this pop up windmill at The Rocks
If you've walked through Sydney's historic The Rocks recently you may have wondered what's been going on as a four storey, wooden windmill has been taking shape and stretching skyward in Kendall Lane. From 12 April to 12 May The Rocks Windmill Pop Up will be home to a range of historical and artistic activities for everyone, and most of them are free.
"Why a windmill?", you might ask. While the connection between windmills and The Rocks may not seem immediately obvious, it's a fact that in the early years of Sydney's settlement windmills, those rustic, simple but efficient structures, dominated the Sydney skyline. They were in fact the skyscrapers of their age and a means to better food production for the colony. The connection is further reflected in names from the time. Both Mill Lane and Millers Point are reminders of a past where windmills were central to the life of the area.
The Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, wanting to capitalise on The Rocks unique atmosphere as living, breathing history, without tipping over into kitsch, decided on the Windmill as a working and performance space that will meld the traditions of the artisan with modern-day artistry.
The Windmill under construction. Image from The Rocks Facebook page.
Bricks on The Rocks where children can learn about how early Sydney bricks were made and create one themselves to take home. Monday to Friday 15 to 19 April and Monday to Friday 22 to 26 April. Cost free.
ElectriCITY Sparks Maker Workshop where you will make a mini remote control system to manage electricity at home. Saturday 11 May. Cost $25
Workshops include Discover Shakespeare, Bricks on the Rocks, Wild Crafting for Stories and the Wheat Exchange. Various dates and times throughout school holidays. Cost free, except Shakespeare which is $7.50.