19 tonnes of carrots have been dumped outside a London university as part of an art project highlighting food wastage.
People in London took to social media on Wednesday to share photos and videos of 29,000 kilograms of carrots thrown outside Goldsmiths College in south London.
A lullaby throws off products in a street on the university campus as a crowd of students watch.
“Does anyone know why a significant piece of carrot sugar has been dumped on the campus of Goldsmith University?” Asked a surprised Twitter user.
Another person shared a video of a bright orange vegetarian lying in an ile on the street.
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The Goldsmiths Press Office confirmed that the carrots are part of an art exhibition on campus.
The press office said: “Carrots are an establishment called grounding by artist Rafael Perez Evans.
“Raphael has just completed his Masters in Fine Arts at Goldsmiths and his work has been established as part of the MFA Degree Show.
“Raphael has arranged to remove the carrots at the end of the exhibition and donate them to the animals.”
The artist said that the vegetables, which would eventually be collected as animal feed, were rejected by the supermarkets.
Since its inception on Tuesday, many students have been seen climbing oranges to take photos and go home to eat some carrots.
Eden Grayley, a music theater student, said he thought it was “very ironic.”
“But I knew it was very golden, and what was left was to understand what it meant,” she said.
According to Perez Evans’ website, the artwork explores the “tension between rural and urban areas”, and was inspired by the dumping of produce by European farmers in protest.
“The healing technique of grading involves activities that reconnect you to the earth with ‘earth’ or electricity,” he added.
Many students said they felt like throwing away a lot of food and drink, yet supermarkets didn’t want them.
“Although donations are being made to farm animals at the end of the carrot slice, it is still a bit of a problem in Levisham, despite poverty, food shortages and homelessness,” said Lev Langford, 20, from Warwickshire Studies.
Student Josie Power said she felt “overwhelmed” by the artwork.
The 20-year-old said, “It was fun and weird to watch … but it’s also hard not to acknowledge the problems caused by food waste.”