U.S First Lady Melania Trump’s sculpture set on fire in Slovenia

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

10th Jul, 2020. 06:56 pm

As the U.S. celebrated its Independence Day and President Trump vowed to prosecute those who ruin U.S. monuments, first lady Melania Trump’s life-sized sculpture was destroyed near her hometown in Slovenia.

The Berlin-based American artist who commissioned the sculpture, Brad Downey, said police told him what happened the day after the incident. The wooden sculpture was disfigured and blackened.

Brad had hoped that Mrs. Trump’s sculpture would ignite debate about American political problems, including immigration. Downey said he has filed a police report and wants to interview the person or people who burned the sculpture for a movie he ‘s working on. He said,

“I want to know why they did it?”

Police spokeswoman Alenka Drenik said the investigation is ongoing, “so we cannot reveal details to the interest of further procedures.”

Mrs. Trump’s wooden sculpture had been revealed just a year ago. The installation depicts Melania as she was on the day of the inauguration of President Donald Trump — wearing her light blue coat and waving her left hand at spectators.

The sculpture, carved with a chainsaw into a living linden tree trunk, was originally met by locals with mixed opinions. In 2019, one resident told an international news organization that the Melania depicted in the sculpture “does not look as beautiful as she normally is.”

Mr. Trump’s sculptures were damaged, too. According to reports, a nearly 26-foot statue of Mr. Trump was burnt to the ground in Slovenia in January. Apparently the statue portrayed Trump in a blue suit, a white shirt, and a red tie. He is seen thrusting into the air with his right hand, and there is a motion that opens his mouth to reveal shark-like teeth.

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