World War III: how it will be

Artist Neil Halloran masterfully knows how to turn huge sets of obscure statistics into capacious and very spectacular videos. In his latest project, he illustrated sinister statistics: the total number of deaths caused by the total use of nuclear weapons.

The Shadow Peace is a crumbling, inverted pyramid of population growth, better than any figures showing how over time the “nuclear plague” takes more and more lives. Predicting the consequences of a world nuclear war may seem absurd, but Neil is a master of his craft, and his paintings are just a reflection of bitter reality.

The video begins with a short demographic lesson: the director explains how many people were born and died on Earth in the entire history of mankind, as well as how many people live on the planet now. World War III, according to Halloran, will be an extrapolation of the consequences of the destruction caused by the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki back in 1945, by increasing the number and striking power of warheads. The author explores the concept of mass nuclear exchange - a situation where a single launched warhead causes panic in the world community and provokes a chain reaction when all countries randomly bombard each other with nuclear missiles. At the end of the video, Neil raises a number of practical issues: a ban on the proliferation of nuclear warheads, general disarmament, and the effectiveness of existing peacekeeping initiatives.

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