2053 nuclear explosions – one explosive YouTube video…October 18 - 11am
Painting an alarming picture of the threat of nuclear explosions, a Japanese artist’s tech-savvy YouTube video is showing “the fear and folly of nuclear weapons” in all its forms.
The brainchild of Isao Hashimoto, the seven-minute clip details each of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 – 1998, offering a unique insight into the growing nuclear presence within the modern world.
Keeping an electronic tab of all nuclear events since the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Alamos in 1945, Hashimoto finishes with Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May 1998.
“This piece of work is a bird’s eye view of the history by scaling down a month length of time into one second,” Hashimoto says of the video, which was 11 years in the making.
“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.”
Excluding nuclear tests by North Korea, Hashimoto insists the move was due to the legitimacy of both alleged experiments not being 100%.
Or maybe it’s because his Japanese home could well be in range should Pyongyang take offence to the artwork…
Showing an incredible surge of nuclear activity from the 1960s onwards, check out the full video below: