A traveling symbol in the fight against the Opioid Epidemic made its way to Binghamton.
Boston based artist and activist Domenic Espostio brought his Opioid Spoon project to the Broome County Courthouse as part of his East Coast Honor Tour.
The 800 pound spoon sculpture was designed to memorialize those who have lost a loved one to their opioid addiction.
The Honor Tour provides individuals at each stop an opportunity to sign the spoon for those that they lost.
Espositio says he wanted to create something that would draw attention and really make people think about the issue.
“What we really need to do with this spoon is provide this quick visual. What is this what does this spoon mean and why is it a spoon. People within the epidemic know exactly what it is and people outside of that they don’t. I feel like we’re in the first inning of what I always make the comparison to is the HIV crisis. I think we really are in the beginning like we’re in 1984-85.”
So far the tour has made stops in Boston, Portland, Providence, Rochester and will visit other cities across the east coast.
Esposito says versions of the spoon have also been placed outside the Health and Human Services Building in Washington DC and Purdue Pharmaceutical’s Headquarters who he says have played a large part in the epidemic.