Art and the Opioid Crisis

This week as we’re planning for our Project 4 public art exhibitions, I found an interesting article on how Patrick Lynch, a metal fabricator in Boston created a large spoon sculpture to raise awareness of the opioid epidemic. He says the spoon, burnt at its center as if it was used to cook drugs, symbolizes the hardships and struggles of people addicted to drugs experience alongside their families. I thought it was an interesting yet ironic way of raising awareness especially given the irony of the role Big Pharma has in funding the arts.

The 800-pound, 11-foot-long steel spoon created by artist Domenic Esposito outside in front of District Hall in the Seaport. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

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