This is the little piece of nature that 5.6 billion of us took onboard to help our immune systems and our communities get through the first rounds of a global pandemic-of-the-century. The molecule that gave us protection to come out of isolation and that saved millions of lives. A visually stunning natural sculpture that has impacted all of us in ways big in small. Art.

When this molecule is attached to the SARS-CoV2 virus, the spike protein rides on the surface looking for unsuspecting cells to grab and invade. When it is separated from the virus to work as a vaccine antigen, it can prepare our natural immune systems to recognize and attack the virus more quickly — should the actual virus ever show up in our bodies.