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Art gallery known for protest sculpture set to close

December 26, 2018

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — The owner of a Connecticut art gallery known for his giant heroin spoon protest sculpture says he will close his downtown Stamford location.

Fernando Alvarez Gallery, which opened nine years ago, will shut its doors in January — but Alvarez says his business will continue.

The Stamford Advocate reports that the art center made international headlines in June when Alvarez and Massachusetts artist Domenic Esposito placed the 800-pound spoon sculpture in front of Purdue Pharma’s Stamford headquarters. The pharmaceutical company manufactures OxyContin, which many say contributes to the opioid crisis.

The company has denied contributing to the crisis.

Alvarez was arrested for the stunt and was allowed to participate in an accelerated rehabilitation program.

He will be cleared of all charges if he stays away from Purdue for one year.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://www.stamfordadvocate.com

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