The statue you see is one of a group of four sculptures which grace the Anitchkov Bridge in Saint Petersburg.
The bridge over the Fontanka canal was first constructed in the eighteenth century ans was frequently repaired and remodelled. By the 1840's, the bridge was too small, and was replaced.
The bridge we know today was constructed by three three engineers A. Gotman, A. Reder and I. Buttaz.
The massive cast-iron fencing with bas-reliefs of sea horses and mermaids was designed by the famous Russian architect A.P. Bryullov.
The bridge is famous for the sculptural group called "Man taming the horse". The sculptures of men taming raging horses were created by sculptor Baron Peter von Klodt and late are one of the landmarks of the city. These sculptural groups molded in bronze were placed on the bridge in 1841.
During World War II the sculptures were taken down from their platforms and sheltered from German artillery and bombings in the Pioneer Palace (Anitchkov Palace) garden.