A wooden sculpture of the first lady of the United States, Melania Trump, installed near her hometown of Sevnitsa in Slovenia, was burned on the night of July 4, when Americans celebrated Independence Day. This was announced by the artist who commissioned the monument.
This figure was carved by a chainsaw by local folk artist Ales Tsupyevts from a trunk of a live linden. Brad Downey, an American artist from Berlin who commissioned him a job, says he removed a life-size mutilated disfigured sculpture from the installation site as soon as the police informed him of the incident.
“I want to know why people did this,” said Downey, who hoped the statue would facilitate dialogue on the political situation in the United States, emphasizing Melania Trump’s status as an immigrant who married the president.
Downey said he had filed a report with the police and would like to interview the criminals, if any, for the film he was preparing before his September exhibition in Slovenia.
Melania Trump’s office does not comment on the situation.