A lifestyle statue of U.S. first lady Melania Trump was unveiled near her hometown of Sevnica in southeastern Slovenia to replace a wooden figure which was set on fire in July.
The bronze figure stands on a 2.8 metre-high wooden pillar, however, it 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 U.S. President Donald Trump. The new bronze statue has no colours.
The wooden sculpture was torched on the night of July 4, as Americans celebrated U.S. Independence Day.
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.