It’s high art.
A posh drug-rehab clinic’s new Chelsea facility is celebrating its opening with a head-scratching art installation — a 10-foot sculpture of a used opioid spoon.
Mountainside Chelsea will display the 800-pound “FDA Spoon,” complete with a murky brown stain depicting cooked drug residue, from Nov 6. to Nov. 22 inside its recently opened West 18th Street hub.
“It brings awareness of how opioid addiction starts from prescription medication,” Jason Arsenault, Mountainside’s director of recovery coaching, told The Post on Monday.
A recovering addict himself, Arsenault 43, insisted the sculpture — based on the spoons used to “cook” heroin or other opioids into an injectable liquid — would not trigger people being counselled at the sleek, month-old “recovery” center, which includes meditation rooms and a game lounge.
“If you can do it in a safe place where you process it and discuss it with fellow addicts and coaches, it lessens the likelihood of relapse,” he said.
But locals seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction at a nearby Betty Ford clinic said it seemed like a dopey idea, and were skeptical that being greeted by a gargantuan model of drug paraphernalia would help those looking to kick their own habits.
“You’re in the beginning of your recovery and the first thing you see in rehab is that? No,” said chef Danny Hobby, 34. “It’s either a trigger or a sign of motivation.”
Emile Beniflah, 20, said putting the artwork inside a recovery center was “like showing alcoholics a beautiful beer with foam dripping down the side of the glass.”
The sculpture by activist artist Domenic Esposito was first placed outside the Health and Human Services Department’s Washington, DC, offices in April to protest the government’s response to the nation’s opioid epidemic.
Esposito has also created several other similar giant drug spoons, including one titled “Purdue Spoon” that was installed outside the OxyContin maker’s headquarters in June 2018 before being impounded by police.
Esposito created the sculptures after seeing his own brother struggle with opioid addiction for over a decade. He said the spoon exemplified the hopelessness his family felt when they found burnt spoons hidden around the house.