Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a time-lapse video featuring a simple map of the world that highlights the location and exact date (to the month and year) of every nuclear explosion around the world taking place from 1945 -1998.
It’s absolutely jaw-dropping that over 2050 nuclear bombs have been exploded to date, with over 1000 of them taking place right in the American South West. Is it any wonder we all have cancer? Governments are now realizing that those ‘safe tests’ may be the cause of some 15,000 cancer cases around the world. Earth is a closed system, that fallout doesn’t go anywhere but into our food, water, and air.
If you are interested in learning more about nuclear testing and the history and specifics of it, check out the amazing documentary Trinity and Beyond. It features footage and information regarding the very first nuclear test ever, as well as information and more footage of future, more devastating tests from around the world.
Here is a fantastic description of the video, along with the description from the artist’s site:
“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.”
From the artist:
“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.”
CTBTO: Isao Hashimoto “1945-1998″