Passing Time: Watching Window Washers at Shanghai Pudong International Airport

hile awaiting my flight to New York on an airplane operated by China Eastern Airlines at the gate area at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, I sat in wonder watching window washers working on washing windows while wielding squeegees and scaling the wall of windows — which interested me because of its unusual angle; as well as the finesse and efficiency of the way they worked.

I will let the photographs do the talking — although they do not do justice to what approached as a form of performance art:

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Note the angle of the wall of windows on the right in the gate areas of this building at Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

A view in the opposite direction of the gate area with the wall of windows on the left. Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

One of the two workers scales up the wall with his bucket of soapy water and squeegee, ready to wash the next window. Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Despite their incredible efficiency, I imagine that with the sheer number of windows on that one wall in the building, the first set of windows will probably need washing again by the time the last set of windows are cleaned — and then the whole process would start over again.

Have you ever watched something which should be on the same interest level as watching paint dry, water boil or grass grow — and yet be fascinated by it?

I suppose you had to have been there…

All photographs ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

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