This is an interesting project by Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto, who first started it in 2003 to demonstrate, in his words, “the fear and folly of nuclear weapons.” It depicts over 2,000 nuclear detonations that have occurred over the span of several decades, starting with the very first in 1945 (the Trinity test at Los Alamos) to the most recent (Pakistan on May of 1998; North Korea is omitted due to lack of verification).
It’s starts off a bit slow, but begins to pick up after 1962 – around the height of the Cold War, go figure. Many of these explosions weren’t on the massive scale of some of the better known tests, or as we often conceptualize them in popular imagination. But that doesn’t make their frequency any less disquieting. I’ve always known that we tested hundreds of nuclear weapons of all sorts since their inception, but I had no idea it was this much. It’s a very slow paced and thought-provoking piece, and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.