Time-lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion from 1945 to 1998


Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto's time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions that have taken place between 1945 and 1998 is a brilliantly haunting representation of the role nuclear weapons testing played in the Cold War. The video starts slow but, just like the Cold War, ramps up significantly by the early sixties. A constant blip like that of a heart monitor is overlayed with random beeps each representing the detonation of a nuclear weapon. The pitch of each beep represents the particular country responsible for the blast. The end result is reminiscent of a Philip Glass score.