“A tribute to the first man in space recently unveiled in the Serbian capital Belgrade has caused dismay because of its seemingly ridiculous proportions, its been reported.

The bust of Yuri Gagarin was ordered by the city council last year, and was put up on a street that bears his name, the Blic news website reports.

But its appearance – a tiny bust on top of a tall plinth – has been met by a hugely negative reaction, the paper says.

‘The only way you can see it clearly is to launch yourself into the sky'” the Noizz website says. ‘While this is somewhat symbolic,’ adds writer Ivana Stojanov, ‘there’s certainly no common sense on show.'” (BBC News)