It’s a lot of carrots.Photography by Rafael Pérez Evans

On Tuesday morning, onlookers watchedas an appropriately orange truck opened its rear doors and began to unload its cargo outside a university building in London. 

That cargo, it turns out, was a gigantic amount of carrots, which sparked some confusion at first. But soon the university acknowledged what was going on: an art project from Rafael Pérez Evans, titled “Grounding.”

Pérez Evans says that the total amount of carrots was 29 tonnes, which converts to just under 64,000 pounds of “fresh, unwanted carrots.” On the installation’s page, Pérez Evans writes that the concept was to “ground,” as in the electrical sense, the city to the country, a connection which has lessened over time.

The carrots were dumped outside a new glass building at Goldsmiths, University of London. But the piece isn’t just bizarre and visually striking; it has deep connections to the agricultural and food world. These carrots were, says the artist, unwanted by grocery stores, which often reject imperfect-looking produce.

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