After over 17 million visitors so far at the Expo, you might be worried about how the facilities have been holding up. After all, three days at Woodstock (total attendance: approximately 500,000) rendered Max Yasgur’s dairy farm a cesspool of mud and gross. Well, the Expo ain’t Woodstock (duh), being both better constructed and less inebriated. And after some inspection, it seems that it’s holding up rather well. Other than the mind-boggling navigation of people and the problems therein, the more used Expo spots and objects don’t seem to be so much damaged as….loved.
Take Belgium’s mascot Smurf statue: only his fingers seem worn, probably after many a tourist just wanted to hold his hand. At the Dutch Pavilion, the sheep that pepper the shaded public green were used as chairs, pillows, shade, tables, and/or play horses, but they suffered only cracked paint, and cracked ears. They seem to be made of sturdy stuff, despite a previous horror report on Shanghai Daily. The facilities (i.e. toilets) seem okay, despite water fountain pee-ers and other bad behavior. They work, at least.
Still, there’s evidence here and there that ruder guests and tremendous foot traffic might stack up. The piles of garbage on the pavilion sides and smashed line-defining traffic cones may be testament to that. And this is only around day 50, with another 130 more days to go! Stay tuned for the Expo half-time report, perhaps with more sheep damage.