The opening of the monument was timed to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Leningrad
The monument was cast from bronze at the Leningrad factory «Monumentsculptura». The height exceeds 4 m, and together with the pedestal 7 m 90 cm. The pedestal is cut from reddish granite mined in Kar-Lahti near Leningrad, the base is made of forged granite. On the front of the pedestal there is carved an inscription with gold: «Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin».
After the war in 1947 a new All-Soviet Union competition was announced for the best design of the monument to Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin in Leningrad. The first three rounds did not reveal the winner. Sculptor L. D. Muravin and architect I. Karakis won the second prize. In 1949, at the 4th open round of the competition, a young thirty-year-old sculptor Mikhail Anikushin, a recent graduate of the Academy of Arts, presented his sketch. As a result, his sketch was approved by the commission. The solemn laying of the monument took place in 1949, on the 150th anniversary of the poet’s birthday.
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