The River Merchants

This sculpture depicts the daily routines of merchants and labourers conducting business around the Singapore River in the 19th Century. Comprising two sets of figures, it features prominent merchant Alexander Laurie Johnston mediating between a Malay chief and a Chinese trader on one side, and coolies loading sacks onto a bullock cart on the other. These activities are probably unfathomable around Singapore’s modern-day Central Business District, where smartly-dressed professionals go to work in high-rise buildings. However, these forms of labour and transaction were a common sight around the river as trade expanded over two centuries ago.

這個雕塑描繪了19世紀在新加坡河周圍開展商業活動的商人和勞動者的日常生活。 它由兩組人物組成,其特色是著名的商人亞歷山大·勞裡·約翰斯頓(Alexander Laurie Johnston)一方面在馬來酋長和一名中國商人之間進行調解,另一方面,苦力將麻袋裝在牛車上。 這些活動可能在新加坡現代化的中央商務區周圍不可思議,那裡穿著華麗的專業人士去高層建築工作。 然而,隨著兩個世紀以前的貿易擴張,這些形式的勞動和交易在河流周圍很常見。

Material : Bronze
Location : Singapore River, in front of Maybank Tower
Duration : Permanent
Collection : Singapore Tourism Board
Dimensions : Dimensions variable

地點:新加坡河,在Maybank Tower前面

The artwork is located at the site of Alexander Laurie Johnston’s former warehouse, which is now the 32-storey Maybank Tower, illustrating how much Singapore has developed since the days of Aw’s river merchants.
這件藝術品位於Alexander Laurie Johnston以前的倉庫,現在是32層高的Maybank大廈,展示了自Aw的河流商人時代以來新加坡發展了多少。

This sculpture is one of four pieces that are part of the People Of The River sculpture series depicting various historical scenes of people who lived and worked along the river. It commissioned in the early 2000s by the Singapore Tourism Board. The other three pieces – First Generation, From Chettiars to Financiers and A Great Emporium – are also located nearby.
這個雕塑是“河流人物”雕塑系列的四部分之一,描繪了沿河生活和工作的各種歷史場景。 它於21世紀初由新加坡旅遊局委託。 其他三件 – 第一代,從Chettiars到金融家和一個大商場 – 也在附近。


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