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By Colin Moynihan

STAMFORD, Conn. — The sculpture, about 10 feet long and weighing some 700 pounds, is a huge depiction of the sort of spoon addicts use to cook heroin before injecting it.

On Friday morning, the spoon, by the Boston-based sculptor Domenic Esposito, was unloaded here outside the headquarters of Purdue Pharma, the makers of the painkiller OxyContin.

Some of Mr. Esposito’s work exploring the ways that addiction affects lives will appear in a new exhibition at a gallery a few blocks away….

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News 02

Artist Drops 800-Pound Heroin Spoon Outside OxyContin Manufacturer’s Headquarters

Artist Domenic Esposito and gallerist Fernando Luis Alvarez delivered the giant sculpture to the doorstep of drugmaker Purdue Pharma.

Artist Domenic Esposito stands beside an 800-pound forged steel sculpture of a burnt heroin spoon, following a guerrilla installation outside the headquarters of Purdue Pharma, makers of OxyContin.
Artist Domenic Esposito stands beside an 800-pound forged steel sculpture of a burnt heroin spoon, following a guerrilla installation outside the headquarters of Purdue Pharma, makers of OxyContin.

You wouldn’t think that something as innocuous as a spoon could grow to take on gargantuan importance — unless, of course, you hold space in your life for someone who struggles with addiction. In that case, the presence of a spoon — specifically bent and burnt in a manner that accommodates the preparation of a dose — could become an 800-pound elephant in the room. On the morning of Friday, June 22,….

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News 03

Artists Are Occupying Museums to Protest Big Pharma

The Sackler family name is all over the art world, but they made their billions pushing opiates. These artists have had enough.

Artist Domenic Esposito stands beside an 800-pound forged steel sculpture of a burnt heroin spoon, following a guerrilla installation outside the headquarters of Purdue Pharma, makers of OxyContin.
L: Nan Goldin protests at the Harvard Art Museum (Erin Clark for The Boston Globe via Getty Images).
R: Domenic Esposito's spoon sculpture outside of Purdue Pharma

“As an artist, to have created all that energy and message around a simple instrument has just been incredible,” he says, before pausing to reflect on the burden of responsibility that brings. “People look up to us as symbols of hope, but we're not grief supporters. At least that's not what we started off as. We started off as artists with intent to raise awareness about social injustices.”…

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News 04

Titled Purdue, the sculpture was made by the Boston-based artist Domenic Esposito,…

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News 05

A giant heroin spoon was given to the Massachusetts Attorney General in honor of her work on the opioid crisis.

Chris Gromek uses his back to lift a stainless steel sculpture of a burnt heroin spoon weighing around 800 pounds with artist Domenic Esposito, left, and Spoon Movement gallery owner Fernando Alvarez, wearing hat, outside the Massachusetts State House in Boston on October 26, 2018. Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images.

For more than a decade, Danny Esposito has been struggling with opioid addiction.

“My mom would call me in a panic... screaming she found another burnt spoon,” his brother, sculptor Domenic Esposito, told the Hartford Courant. “This is a story thousands of families go through. He’s lucky to be alive.” Many aren’t as lucky: Each day in the U.S., more than 115 people die after overdosing on opioids….

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News 02

Artist Drops Massive Opioid Spoon at Entrance of Another Sackler-Owned Drug Manufacturer

The Sackler family founded Rhodes Pharma in 2007, just months after pleading guilty to criminal charges that their family company, Purdue Pharma, had mismarketed OxyContin.

Rhodes Pharma Spoon deployment in Coventry, Rhode Island on February 7 (image courtesy the Opioid Spoon Project)

Yesterday, February 7, artist Domenic Esposito dropped off a massive, unexpected addition to the entrance of Rhodes Pharma. The generic opioid manufacturer is linked to the infamous Sackler family, founders of multi-billion dollar drug company Purdue Pharma and notorious art philanthropists. ...

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News 06

Domenic Esposito’s opium-spoon sculpture was placed outside Purdue Pharma’s offices…..

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News 08

Drug Spoon Sculpture Placed Outside Drugmaker Headquarters

A huge steel sculpture of a bent and burned drug spoon placed in front of the Connecticut headquarters of drugmaker Purdue Pharma as part of an opioid crisis protest has been removed. ….

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Interviews & Podcasts

WeAreChange These Guys Did The Best Thing Ever With An 800lb SPOON!

WeAreChange These Guys Did The Best Thing Ever With An 800lb SPOON! WNPR interview

How Did A Giant Heroin Spoon Sculpture Land In Front Of Purdue Pharma's HQ?

By RAY HARDMAN  SEP 13, 2018

NBC10 Boston

The artist, who lives in Westwood, got the idea to make the giant spoon after seeing his brother struggle with addiction. (Published Friday, June 22, 2018)…..watch video

Sam Quinones, Author of Dreamland

The Bent Spoon Guy & Purdue Pharma
This summer, a sculptor built a steel, 11-foot, 800-pound bent heroin spoon. With the help of an gallery owner, he put it on a trailer and drove it to the headquarters of Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin. …listen

Right Mind Media Podcast, Art vs. Big Pharma …listen

Your Art Sucks Podcast

In this episode we will explore a concept I have been excitedly working on as I feel that it will have a large impact on you and your art. It is based on a law in nature that, if mastered, can bring art to another level of engagement not to mention the positive impact it will have on the artist. Featuring Domenic Esposito and Ai Weiwei