Bronze statue of Melania Trump unveiled in Slovenia

Unveiling of the statue from US First Lady Melania Trump by artists Bred Downey (unseen) and Ales 'Maxi' Zupevc (L) at her birthplace in Sevnica, Slovenia, 15 September 2020. [Igor Kupljenik/EPA/EFE]

A life-size rough bronze sculpture of US first lady Melania Trump was unveiled near her hometown of Sevnica in southeastern Slovenia on Tuesday (15 September) to replace a wooden figure which was set on fire in July.

The wooden sculpture of Trump was torched on the night of 4 July, as Americans celebrated US Independence Day.

Standing on a 2.8 metre-high wooden pillar, the new bronze statue has rough features and a face unrecognisable as the first lady.

Next to it is a plaque reading “This statue is dedicated to the eternal memory of a monument to Melania which stood in this location”.

The original wooden statue commissioned by Berlin-based American artist Brad Downey was carved with a chainsaw by local folk artist Ales Zupevc.

The wooden figure was painted with a pale blue wraparound coat resembling the one Trump wore at the swearing in of her husband US President Donald Trump. The new bronze statue has no colours.

In January, a large wooden statue resembling Donald Trump and designed by a local artist in 2019, was burnt in Slovenia’s city of Moravce, east of the capital Ljubljana.

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