The massive pile of vegetables is meant to send a message about food waste.
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Earlier this week, George Greenwood, a journalist at the Times, tweeted a picture of a gigantic pile of root vegetables that had seemingly been dumped at a London college. "Does anyone know why a significant volume of carrots has just been dumped on Goldsmiths university campus?" he tweeted, attaching a photo of the massive carrot mound.

Art installation at Goldsmiths
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His mentions filled with not-at-all serious answers: one person suggested that it might be all that's left from "a lot of snowmen," another recommending making all of the carrot-based soups, and someone else joked that a student might've "leaned too heavily on the keyboard" when they placed their online grocery order. (And of course the official Looney Tunes account jumped in to say that it "might know someone" who was responsible.)

Later that day, the Goldsmiths, University of London twitter account confirmed that, no, this wasn't a 29-ton Waitrose order—it's actually an art installation from an MFA student. "It is an installation called ‘Grounding’ by the artist Rafael Pérez Evans," the uni wrote. "Rafael has arranged for the carrots to be removed at the end of the exhibition and donated to farm animals."

On his website, Pérez Evans describes the piece as "a site-specific intervention exploring some of the tensions in visibility between the rural and the city." He has also confirmed that the carrots would've all been otherwise discarded by retailers.

He said that he was inspired by the "dumping" protests that have previously taken place in France and Spain. Five years ago, angry French tobacconists dumped 8,000 pounds of carrots outside the Socialist party's Parisian headquarters as their way of expressing their displeasure with a proposed change to cigarette packages. (They went with carrots because the signs outside French tobacco shops look vaguely carrot-like.)

Although Pérez Evans has been identified as the artist responsible for the veggie heap—and he's explained his motivations—some Goldsmiths students are still a bit confused. One musical theatre student told Sky News that it was "very bizarre," but also "very Goldsmiths." And another said that it also failed to address the social problems that affect residents of their London borough.

"Even though the carrots are being donated to farm animals at the end of the piece, it's still slightly problematic given the poverty, food shortages and homelessness in Lewisham," a 20-year-old history student said. Others just nicked a couple of carrots to take home to eat, because, hey, it's college.