Artist Takes “The Opioid Spoon Project” On Cross-Country Tour

The artist and activist Domenic Esposito has created “The Opioid Spoon Project,” featuring four 800-pound sculptures depicting spoons used for opioids, which he has displayed outside drug companies. One of the sculptures, called FDA Spoon for the initials of the Food and Drug Administration that are engraved on the end, was displayed outside the federal agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. That piece was on display on the campus of Boston University for three weeks last month. Beginning November 6, it will be on display at the Mountainside Recovery Center in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea.

“Our goal is to generate awareness about the intersection of art, activism and recovery; and the reality of the opioid crisis in the U.S.,” Esposito said in a statement.

Each of the four sculptures depicts a partially burnt spoon with a pool of liquid formed in the bowls, the byproduct of heating up heroin or crushed pills. Esposito’s first sculpture was placed outside the headquarters of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma in Connecticut last year.

“I had kind of an epiphany about a year before,” Esposito said in an interview with BU Today, a publication covering news at Boston University. “I spoke at an event at

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