Why 29 tonnes of carrots were dumped on London street?
London : A truck came and unloaded around 29 tonnes of carrots on a street in London, leaving onlookers mystified over the happening. Several people shared photos and videos of the large chunk of carrots dumped outside Goldsmiths College in south London.
"Does anyone know why a significant volume of carrots has just been dumped on Goldsmiths university campus?" one bemused Twitter user asked.
Another shared a video of the bright orange veggies lying in a pile on the road.
The truth behind it was revealed when Goldsmiths College responded to one of the tweets on social media.
"It is an installation called 'Grounding' by the artist and MFA student Rafael Perez Evans," the college wrote on the microblogging platform, adding that the installation is part of Goldsmiths' MFA degree show.
A statement (https://rafaelperezevans.com/grounding/) from the artist Rafael Perez Evans further revealed that "produce in the piece are unwanted carrots, carrots that the food industry in the UK deems not worthy of shelves." The carrots will be removed after the exhibition and donated to farm animals.
The artwork explores "the tensions in visibility between the rural and the city" and was inspired by European farmers dumping their devalued produce as a form of protest.
Meanwhile, some people criticized the act and claimed that if the carrots would not have been dumped on ground, it could have been used to feed hungry people instead.
"If they had not been dumped on the ground, those carrots could have been donated to organizations that feed PEOPLE," one Twitter user wrote.