Animated Map of 2,053 Nuclear Explosions Between 1945-1998

“1945-1998” by Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto is an animated map of 2,053 nuclear explosions that occurred during that time period. The frenzy of nuclear testing in the early 60’s is particularly chilling. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization also has a web-based interactive map of nuclear explosions.

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.