7. FDA Spoon in Chelsea

Image courtesy of Mountainside

An 800-pound spoon is coming to Chelsea to sit in front of the Mountainside Treatment Center. The travelling FDA Spoon is part of a campaign called the Opioid Spoon Project. Created by artist Domenic Esposito, the giant utensil made out of heavy gauge steel and holding a murky brown substance measures nearly 11 feet long and 5 feet tall. The work is a statement on the on-going opioid crisis and has traveled to various locations across the country including the Health and Human Services Department’s Washington, DC.

Esposito created the sculptures after seeing his own brother struggle with opioid addiction for over a decade. He said the spoon, “embodies the pain I have felt dealing with substance use disorder in my family.”  The sculpture will be unveiled in New York City on November 7th and remain on view through November 22nd. The reveal will be accompanied by a panel discussion with the artist at 6:00pm to 8:00pm on November 6th which is free and open to the public.