A life-sized statue of the First Lady, Melania Trump, was set afire in her hometown of Sevnica, Slovenia. The responsible party torched the sculpture on the Fourth of July.
Berlin-Based American artist Brad Downey commissioned the statue. While speaking with Reuters, Downey says he had the disfigured sculpture removed. He pulled it after the police informed him about the damage on July 5.
At this time, the authorities continue to search for the culprits. “I want to know why they did it,” Downey said. If found, Downey hopes to interview the responsible party for a film he’s working on set to open in September.
Downey says the goal of the sculpture was to encourage a dialogue about Melania’s relationship with President Trump. The artist points to the fact that Melania Trump, an immigrant, wed President Donald Trump, who campaigned on reducing illegal immigration.
Folk artist, Ales Zupevc, carved the Melania Trump statue from the trunk of a living linden tree. The face on the sculpture may not bear resemblance to Melania. However, Zupevc painted the figure with a light blue wraparound coat. The coat appears similar to the one Melania donned at President Donald Trump’s swearing-in ceremony.
The sculpture received mixed reviews from the locals. In 2019, one resident told Reuters that the sculpture “does not look as beautiful as she normally is.” Another told BBC News it looks like “Smurfette.”
Police spokeswoman Alenka Drenik addressed the incident. However, she claims the authorities still need to gather more information. “The investigation in this case has not been completed yet so we cannot reveal details due to the interest of further procedures,” Drenik said.