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Giant heroin spoon sculpture returned to artist who placed it at Purdue Pharma

August 27, 2018

STAMFORD — The steel sculpture of a giant bent spoon that was placed in front of Purdue Pharma’s headquarters in Stamford was returned to the artist on Monday.

Domenic Esposito was able to get the sculpture back after a motion was granted by a judge at the Stamford courthouse on Monday morning.

Esposito was in court with Fernando Luis Alvarez, the owner of the eponymous art gallery in Stamford, who is facing charges of obstruction of free passage and interfering with police for placing the 11-foot-long, 4-foot-high sculpture in front of Purdue on June 22.

The heroin spoon was an art piece meant to draw attention to the opioid epidemic. Esposito’s brother has struggled with drug addiction.

Purdue Pharma denies allegations in lawsuits that its marketing of the opioid painkiller OxyContin helped fuel the opioid crisis.

ignacio.laguarda@hearstmediact.com

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