Data + Design Project

Visualized: Nuclear Explosions 1945 to 1998

Friday 05.06.2011 , Posted by

Between the years of 1945 and 1998, 2,053 nuclear explosions occurred in the United States, USSR/Russia, France, the United Kingdom, China, India, and Pakistan (North Korea was excluded). One of the most interesting accounts this visualization depicts are both the atmospheric and underground nuclear explosions that occurred on land and sea; and the destruction ultimately left in their wake.

The video below shows an aerial view history of the nuclear weapon scaled down so a month of time equals one second. No letters are used in the depiction so the message can be understood across language barriers. The blinking lights, sounds, and numbers on the map show when, where, and how many experiments each country has conducted since 1945; creating an 8-bit music video of nuclear testing.

The artist behind this work is Isao Hashimoto of Japan, who worked in the financial industry as a foreign exchange dealer for many years before studying at the Department of Arts, Policy and Management of Mussshino Art University, Tokyo; and according to the artist, “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.”


Neil Spencer

Written by Neil Spencer

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  1. wow! that is scary to think there has been that meany nuclear experiments.

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