A Time-Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945 by Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto

We all know enough about nuclear weapons and explosions to understand their one and only function, but this video illustrates their usage throughout human history like no text-book has the power of conveying so graphically. All you need to know is that pretty much every country with nuclear capabilities, are all a little crazy, in my opinion.

The video is 14 minutes long, so if you don’t have the patients to watch, just let it play in the background. The amount of blips is sure to shock you:

Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea’s two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear).

Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever they detonate a nuclear weapon, with a running tally kept on the top and bottom bars of the screen. Hashimoto, who began the project in 2003, says that he created it with the goal of showing “the fear and folly of nuclear weapons.” It starts really slow — if you want to see real action, skip ahead to 1962 or so — but the buildup becomes overwhelming.

“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.”

~ by Fionnlagh on June 26, 2014.

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