Families who have lost loved ones to addiction invited to sign giant spoon

  • One of Domenic Esposito’s spoon art pieces is displayed in Boston.  Joshua Berman

  • One of Domenic Esposito’s spoon art pieces is displayed in Boston.  Joshua Berman

  • One of Domenic Esposito’s spoon art pieces is displayed in Boston.  Joshua Berman

Monitor staff
Published: 5/16/2019 6:20:28 PM

A spoon is more than just a piece of silverware for someone with a loved one battling heroin addiction.

Those people know what it’s like to open empty kitchen drawers and immediately worry, Boston artist Domenic Esposito said. They know the sinking feeling of finding their missing spoons burned and bent around the house.

“There’s a negative memory attached in many people’s heads because you think your loved one is doing better, you find a burned spoon and you realize they’ve relapsed,” Esposito said. “It’s the reality of the situation and resonates with a lot of families.”

That’s why Esposito, who said he has a close family member suffering from addiction, decided to create a 10-foot-long, 800-pound spoon to place in protest outside Purdue Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Oxycontin, in June 2018.

“It was really about pointing fingers to, in my mind the architects of the opioid epidemic,” he said.

That got so much attention that he created two more spoons to place outside Rhodes Pharmaceuticals and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Now, he’s created another one that is touring the northeast. Esposito will be stopping at Kimball Jenkins in Concord from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

With his newest spoon, Esposito is asking those who have lost loved ones to the opioid crisis to come and sign it. He’s stopping in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, in addition to New Hampshire.

“It’s like a blank canvas,” Esposito said, of his newest piece. “It becomes very therapeutic for people to be there and sign because they know someone is listening – someone is acknowledging that they’ve had to go through all this horror. It’s just like this disease that basically takes entire families with it.”




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