An artist has moved his giant sculpture of a burnt spoon to a Rhode Island drugmaker’s office to protest the opioid crisis.
The Providence Journal reports that 48-year-old Domenic Esposito, of Westwood, Massachusetts, and a partner placed the nearly 11-foot-long, 800-pound (3-meter-long, 360-kilogram) spoon at the front gates of Rhodes Pharmaceuticals in Coventry on Thursday.
Esposito, whose brother has struggled with addiction, says his sculpture is about “exposing this web of influence that big pharma has had on us.”
A spokesman for the company could not be reached Thursday.
Esposito has previously taken the spoon to Purdue Pharma’s Stamford, Connecticut, headquarters and to the Massachusetts Statehouse as a gift to state Attorney General Maura Healey.
He says he may engrave the names of people who died of overdoses on future spoons.
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(Me and my brother) Today marks six months that the Opioid Spoon was dropped in front of Purdue Pharna. That morning I was full of anxiety not only about the actual drop, but that I was opening the door to my own family's battle with SUD. I have been humbled by the outreach of so many people and touched by their own personal stories. What has transpired in the last six months has been nothing but extraordinary. I have been interviewed by news outlets, met senators, mayors and various politicians all with the a mission to help bring awareness to this deadly epidemic. I am especially thankful to all the non-profits,organizations and volunteers working along side me. #theopioidspoonproject,#spoonmovement, #bringbigpharmadown , #holdingbigpharmaaccountable