Isao Hashimoto nuclear bomb map illustrates fearful folly

0 Posted by - November 30, 2010 - Blog, Visual art

It seems slow to start. An initial test bomb in the desert of the southern United States. The nuclear explosions in Japan in 1945, a slow and horrible one-two. Two tests in the Pacific Ocean in quick succession in 1947. From here it escalades slowly.

In the above 14:25 minute video created by Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto titled “1945-1998”, the viewer is exposed to a time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions that took place between 1945 and 1998. For each explosion the count increases for the responsible country, with a total number of explosions tallied at the bottom of the screen.

Hashimoto began the project in 2003 with the goal of showing “the fear and folly of nuclear weapons.” The video seems to have hit the English speaking internet around July of this year, but once I saw it I had to post it despite my tardiness.

The image becomes particularly striking when you remember that only two nuclear explosions have ever been used offensively, and that the remaining 2051 explosions were billion dollar practices.

For the quick and dirty version, fast forward to the 12 minute mark and see all the explosions from each country with a relief of their exposure that makes me want to steer clear of the US Inland southwest entirely for fear of growing extra arms.

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