A bronze state of President Barack Obama as a 10-year-old boy wearing shorts and a T-shirt has been erected in a Jakarta park, Indonesia.

The statue's pedestal carries an paraphrased quote from former U.S. first lady Eleanor Roosevelt reading, The future belongs to those who believe in the power of their dreams.

It shows young Obama smiling at a butterfly that has landed on his upheld left thumb.

We welcome the statue, which is designed to give Indonesian children the spirit to reach their dreams, Central Jakarta Mayor Sylviana Murni said.

There is a message through the young Obama statue that any child and anyone from any background can reach their dreams if they fight for it persistently, she added.

The statue reportedly cost more than $10,000 and was paid for by patrons, a television station and a charity.

Mr. Obama lived in Menteng Dalam, Jakarta from 1967 to 1971, at the age of six to ten before he returned to Hawaii, the United States where he was born.