Video Art Tallies Nuke Tests

Since the U.S unleashed the first nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki back in 1945, there have been a staggering 2056 nuclear tests recorded worldwide.

It took almost a year until the next substantial tests took place but by the mid-50s and 60s, nuclear experiments were being recorded across the globe on almost a monthly basis.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network can now view on today' homepage an artwork which illustrates the accumulation of nuclear testing.

To demonstrate the scale and development of this technology, Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has plotted all these explosions that took place from 1945 up to 1998 in a time-lapse video map. Today's homepage Featured Video provides this amazing compilation.

As more tests are carried out, the map zooms out to show the whole globe. A metronomic beep marks the passing of the months — while different tones indicate explosions from different countries in the film called "1945-1998."

The film begins slowly, with the Manhattan Project's single test in America followed by the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in Japan, that brought World War II to an end.

Once the clock ticks over to the 1950s, however, the pace quickens as the USSR and Britain enter the nuclear club and carry out their own tests. India, Pakistan, France and China are also then shown causing their own explosions.

Every time a country has detonated a nuclear weapon in the past 50 years, a flashing dot appears above it on the map.

A tally of total bombs dropped is shown in the bottom right-hand corner of the video, as well as a tally that shows how many bombs each individual country has used during that time.

Flashes increase further during the early 1960s and by 1998, the U.S tested 1032 while the UK had 45 among others. The film then concludes with the number of bombs exploded: 2,053.

Hashimoto started the project in 2003 and created it with the goal of showing 'the fear and folly of nuclear weapons.'

He was born in 1959 and studied in Tokyo at the department of Arts, Policy and Management. He then got a job as a curator at the Lalique museum in Hakone, Japan.

Because the map runs up to 1998, it doesn't include the tests reported by North Korea in October 2006, May 2009, and February this year.

Photo above: A towering mushroom cloud rises over Trinity Site, N.M., as the world's first atomic bomb was exploded in the early morning of July 16, 1945.

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