A bust of Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin in the Serbian capital of Belgrade has been removed just days after its erection - due to the size of its head.
The bust of the first man in space had been ordered by Belgrade officials to stand on a street named after Yuri Gagarin in the city, and was erected a few days ago.
It comprised a huge stone plinth with a normal-sized bust of Gagarin, making the astronaut's head seem quite out of proportion.
The bust of Yuri Gagarin had been erected in Belgrade, Serbia, just a few days ago, but had already caused to much mockery online due to the size of the head, officials removed it
The monument was soon mocked online, with a number of people pointing out that the head could barely be seen on top of the plinth.
One Belgrade-based tweeter called the monument 'a scandal and an insult,' according to theBBC.
Another wrote: 'I think the reasons were practical, to stop someone from stealing it'.
The monument was due to be officially unveiled at a ceremony today, on the anniversary of Gagarin's space flight.
But following the criticism - and social media memes - Belgrade officials ordered that Gagarin's head be removed.
Belgrade City Manager Goran Vesic told a local news website that city officials had not had prior knowledge of the appearance of the monument, and said a new one would be commissioned.
Pioneer: Gagarin, pictured before the launch, became the first man in space on April 12, 1961
'Gagarin will have a memorial in Belgrade worthy of the contribution that he has made to humanity,' Vesic said in a statement to news websiteB92.net
Yuri Gagarin, from Smolensk Oblast in modern-day Russia became the first man in space on April 12, 1961, when he completed an orbit of the Earth in a spacecraft.
He became a a Soviet national hero for being the first man in space, but seven years later he was killed in a mystery plane crash, aged just 34.
On March 27, 1968, Gagarin was undertaking a training flight in his MiG-15 plane at the Chkalovsky aerodrome near Moscow.
The wreckage and the bodies of Gagarin and his co-pilot Vladimir Seryogi were found 40 miles away.
For the first time in Soviet history, a day of national mourning was declared for someone who was not a head of state.
In 2011, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Gagarin's historic 1961 flight into space, the Kremlin released some fresh information on his death.
Newly declassified documents said 'one of the probable reasons' for the crash was a sharp manoeuvre made to avoid a weather balloon after which Gagarin and Seryogin lost control of the aircraft.