Peter the Great saving drowning people at Lakhta, memorial sign
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About the project
The memorial sign was designed after the work by Leopold Bernshtam and architect Von Gogen. It is 7 meters high, and features three figures with some elements like a boat, a sail, waves made of bronze. The original memorial was installed in 1909 at the Admiralty to commemorate the Battle of Poltava, but in a decade it was acknowledged to be inartistic and was melted down without any copies left.
Luckily, the original model remained in Petrodvorets. The memorial shows the feat of Peter the Great – the legend has it that in 1724 the Tsar discovered a boat in low waters at Lakhta and tried to save them, which resulted in his illness and consequent death.
St. Petersburg, Russia
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Authors of the project
Stepan Mokrousov-Gulyelmi, sculptor
Mikhail Mamoshin, architectural advisor