Artist Takes 800 Lb Opioid Spoon On Tour To Allow those Who Have Lost Loved Ones To The Opioid Crisis To Sign The Sculpture
Boston based artist-activist and founder of The Opioid Spoon Project (OSP), Domenic Esposito known for his signature 800 lb metal opioid spoon sculptures has embarked on a multi-city tour from May 11- June 8, 2019 to display a newly created spoon sculpture to the public and allow those who have lost loved ones to sign the spoon.
The Honor Tour will make stops in numerous states, to include Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York and Rhode Island.
Esposito garnered national attention for his massive spoon sculptures created to look like a burnt opioid spoon and placing them at the doorsteps of the architects he deems responsible for the opioid crisis, including Purdue Pharma, Rhodes Pharma and the FDA.
The Honor Tour, an idea developed by Esposito, was born from his desire to engage on a personal level with opioid stricken communities, and in his determination to provide an opportunity for the public to see the spoon first-hand, and allow participants to leave their mark in remembrance by signing the sculpture.
Esposito created an 800 lb opioid spoon specifically for the tour and unlike his "protests" spoon sculptures that include an engraved moniker, such as "FDA," the Honor Tour spoon is an intentionally blank canvas.
"The outreach from the opioid community has been overwhelming and humbling from those who have been affected, so I decided I wanted to meet these amazing people first hand, and wanted to share a spoon created specifically to pay homage." Esposito states, "The Honor Tour is my way of giving back, and to further acknowledge those who have been devastated by the opioid crisis, and to personally let them know I grieve with them, and do what I do for them."
The multi-state excursions will encompass two-hour stops in each city, allowing members of the public to view and sign the spoon. The Honor Tour officially kicked-off on Saturday, May 11 at the Team Sharing's "Remembering Our Angels" 5K run in Marlborough MA, followed by a 3:00 p.m. event sponsored by the City of Cambridge at the steps of City Hall to feature a presentation by the Mayor of Cambridge, Marc C. McGovern. The spoon's final destination will be Philadelphia, PA on June 8th.
"The reaction to the tour has been overwhelming and humbling, surpassing my expectations in so many ways, and made me feel like I was meeting cherished family members. I look forward to continuing the tour and getting to know many more individuals who have been affected by the opioid epidemic. I feel grateful to have an opportunity to share the spoon, and the memories of those who we lost," Esposito stated.
The Mayor of Cambridge stated, "The opioid epidemic crosses all demographics and has claimed the lives of too many of our family members and friends. It is important that we take time to remember the names of those we have lost so that we don't lose sight of the true cost of the epidemic, and to ensure we continue to work toward ending this crisis. I'm glad that the Opioid Spoon Project honor tour will make its first stop in our city-Cambridge is a hub for biotechnology and innovation, let us also be a place for healing and compassion."
For full tour schedule: http://www.theopioidspoonproject.com/the-honor-tour