Visualizing Magnitude: WWII

Humans are terrible at numbers. You can easily see a difference between one apple and four apples, but what about 1000, 10000, 100000, etc? It becomes more and more difficult. To understand history and current events better, it is good to put numbers in perspective.

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Nuclear Testing: 1945-1998

Isao Hashimoto was born in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan in 1959.

Worked for 17 years in financial industry as a foreign exchange dealer. Studied at Department of Arts, Policy and Management of Musashino Art University, Tokyo. Currently working for Lalique Museum, Hakone, Japan as a curator. Created artwork series expressing, in the artist’s view, “the fear and the folly of nuclear weapons” (Source)

“This piece of work is a bird’s eye view of the history by scaling down a month length of time into one second. No letter is used for equal messaging to all viewers without language barrier. The blinking light, sound and the numbers on the world map show when, where and how many experiments each country have conducted. 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.”