Sculpture of Melania Trump set on fire in Slovenia, prompting removal

A wooden sculpture of US First Lady Melania Trump was set on fire near her hometown in Slovenia, prompting its removal.

Brad Downey, the American artist who commissioned the statue, said it was targeted on the Independence Day in the US, 4th July.

The sculpture of Melania was carved out of a tree trunk on the outskirts of Sevnica, her hometown in central Slovenia.

The statue depicts Mrs Trump dressed in a blue coat similar to one she wore to her husband’s inauguration and with a club-like hand gesturing to the sky. It was erected in July 2019.

Some residents branded the statue a “disgrace”, complaining it looked more like the Smurfs character than the first lady.

“I want to know why they did it,” Downey said. He also asked filed a police complaint. The state was to be a part of the an exhibition due to open in Slovenia in September.

In August last year, a wooden statue of President Trump was constructed in Slovenia, east of the capital Ljubljana. Standing nearly 8m (26ft) tall, the statue was burnt to the ground by unknown arsonists in January this year.

Melania Trump was model who grew up in Slovenia when it was part of Yugoslavia, moved to the US in the 1990s