Testing: 10, 9, 8, 7 ...

Trinity: Reflections on the Bomb Transforming Science into Art

Between 1945 and 1992, the United States detonated 1054 nuclear weapons. Of these, 216 were exploded in the atmosphere, underwater, or in outer space, while another 838 were underground blasts. Underground tests created "atomic geodes," cavities of radiation within the earth's crust. Worldwide through 2017, the total number of nuclear tests is 2056: 528 occurred in the atmosphere and 1528 were detonated underground.

Isao Hashimoto
born 1959 Kumamoto prefecture, Japan; lives Kanagawa, Japan
digital video
lent by the artist, © 2020 Isao Hashimoto

Isao Hashimoto uses a world map to visualize the proliferation of nuclear tests conducted from the Trinity test in 1945, through 1998. Each second of the video represents one month in history. The blinking lights and sounds represent each bomb tested by the various countries: The United States, The Soviet Union, China, France, the United Kingdom, India, and Pakistan. Each explosion is tallied by each country’s flag and in the overall total in the bottom right corner.