When it emerged, no one knew what it was and where it came from. And when people started to disappear, all anyone wished for was that it went back to where it came from.

This is one of two versions of the same art done by Shannon Ekundayo Reddy (AKA Shields Up). See the full versions of both below and more of Shields’ work at his Instagram.

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