Belgrade citizens ridiculed in social networks the bust of Yuri Gagarin, installed on the street of the name of the Soviet cosmonaut on the outskirts of the Serbian capital without a solemn ceremony. The reason for ridicule was unusual proportions of the monument – the bust itself is difficult to discern from the ground, as it stands on a massive high pedestal.
The authors of the monument and those who coordinated its installation, were criticized on the Internet. It was suggested that the bust was fixed so high that it was not stolen, and the proportions of the monument would protect it from the wind. Also commentators jokingly assumed that the rest of the monument hides the inside of the pedestal – Gagarin’s “body”.
Koliko nenormalan moraš da budeš da projektuješ ovakav spomenik sa postamentom deset puta većim od sićušne glave i koliko nenormalniji da si pa da dopustiš da se to postavi! Spomenik Juriju Gagarinu u Beogradu pic.twitter.com/T7qZasNWzi
— Robert Coban (@robert_coban) 8 April 2018
“How much you need to be abnormal to design a pedestal ten times larger than a tiny head, and how much you need to be abnormal to allow its installation! Monument to Yuri Gagarin in Belgrade ”
Bustu started looking for analogues in world culture, and some commentators even tried to “recreate” the monument on their own.
Rađanje Gagarina pic.twitter.com/E3MmplGy53
— Sanja (@sanja3006) 9 April 2018
Vidim šta je naprednima poslužilo kao inspiracija za spomenik Juriju Gagarinu.
Iskopirali su srednjovekovnu spravu za mučenje Iron Maiden.
Nisam znao da Dragica Nikolić radi i spomenike, mislio sam da je to Tomin fazon. pic.twitter.com/SXTYmYU3V9
— Balkan Utopia (@BalkanUtopia) 8 April 2018
“I see that it was a source of inspiration for the monument to Yuri Gagarin. They copied a medieval device for torture, an iron girl ”
Novi spomenik Gagarinu! pic.twitter.com/B36V1lFA0C
— thedoktor (@thedoktor03) 9 April 2018
— Blaza (@Sremski_Front) 9 April 2018