Animated Map of Nuclear Tests

Posted by Ben at 10:39 am
Jun 182012

1945-1998 by Isao Hashimoto Artist Isao Hashimoto created this video, 1945-1998, as part of a series on “The Fear the Folly of Nuclear Weapons.”

In the artist’s own words:

This piece of work is a bird’s eye view of the history by scaling down a month length of time into one second. No letter is used for equal messaging to all viewers without language barrier. The blinking light, sound and the numbers on the world map show when, where and how many experiments each country have conducted. I created this work for the means of an interface to the people who are yet to know of the extremely grave, but present problem of the world.

I find it amazing (if not unexpected) that the bomb tests cluster around one another so faithfully. The video was made in 2003 and, as a result, does not include the two nuclear tests conducted by North Korea in 2006 and 2009. Hashimoto’s other videos can be viewed here: Overkilled The Names of Experiments