Image from Shanghai Scrap.
Thanks to Adam Minter of Shanghai Scrap, now we have the answer! On a recent visit to the Shanghai Urban Planning Museum’s giant Shanghai model, Minter witnessed the model cleaners themselves: barefooted youth trampling trees around the edges, dusting only the “areas visible to visitors.”
We’re happy to hear the cleaners refer to areas of the city by name, as if cleaning the actual Shanghai. One hopes they are at least occasionally taken with day dreams of committing apocalyptic mayhem the likes Michael Bay can only dream of.
Read more over at Shanghai Scrap.