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Poignant Opioid Addiction Art Installation Lands Artist in Hot Water

By July 4, 2018

Fed up with the way that big pharmaceutical companies continue to push their addictive products onto an unsuspecting populace, an art gallery owner in Connecticut plopped a massive heroin spoon on the doorstep of Purdue Pharma. And even though this got him in trouble with the police, Fernando Luis Alvarez plans on putting a lot more of these artistic heroin-spoon (and likely other-style) installations in front of many more drug companies to come. It might be against the law, but we’re interested in seeing what Alvarez comes up with next.


A Connecticut gallery owner was arrested after dropping a 10-foot-long sculpture of a heroin spoon in front of Purdue Pharma’s headquarters on Friday — and he says he plans to “gift” more spoons to other drug companies, as well as to politicians and doctors.

Fernando Luis Alvarez, who owns Stamford’s Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, was charged with a criminal misdemeanor and a felony after leaving the roughly 800-pound piece, which was hand-made by Boston-based artist Domenic Esposito, in Purdue’s driveway and refusing to remove it, the Hartford Courant reports.

Alvarez told TIME that the stunt — which coincided with an opioid-related show at his gallery — was meant to send a message to Purdue Pharma and to hold the company accountable for what he says are its contributions to the country’s opioid epidemic. Click Here to Read More

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