“The Eiffel Tower? Stonehenge? Your town’s sole traffic light? For this week’s photo challenge, blow us away with your take on the monumental.”
Monument name: SARS Inhibited
Camera: Olympus E-PM2, M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 (1/80, f/5.6, ISO 200)
This sculpture of a SARS protease inhibitor active cleft (protein structure) is a monument to the men and women scientists working at Biopolis and the whole Biopolis research community for their efforts in discovering many aspects of the SARS virus, including the structure of the SARS protease.
“Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus, called SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV). SARS was first reported in Asia in February 2003. Over the next few months, the illness spread to more than two dozen countries in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia before the SARS global outbreak of 2003 was contained. […] According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a total of 8,098 people worldwide became sick with SARS during the 2003 outbreak. Of these, 774 died.” ©CDC.gov
In this photo I like the juxtaposition of a virus related sculpture (viruses being a symbol and cause of death and disease) with the reflection of the tree (in the lower right of the photo), symbolising life.