Why This Speaks to Me
This amazing video doesn’t need to preach; it simply, visually, displays how many (2053!) nuclear bombs have been exploded around the world, and by whom, between 1945, and 1998. A somber companion to Dr. Strangelove, it is an inspiring piece. Inspiring in that designers and artists can speak out in ways that people can “get” it. It‘s a frightening reminder of our impact on the world and the blind eye we often turn.
Beyond the greater human connection to this subject, and on a personal note, all those bright flashes in the southwest U.S., are very near Las Vegas, Nevada; a place I called home, several times in the 70’s and 80’s. We (my family and friends) would often feel the resulting earthquakes of the detonations. There are supposedly vast – enormous – glass caverns, where the bombs disintegrated and melted the sandy earth, far below the surface of the ground.
Created by Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto.