A brand new bronze statue to US First Girl Melania Trump has been unveiled close to her hometown in Slovenia.
It replaces a wood sculpture erected final 12 months, which was set alight shortly afterwards by unknown arsonists.
Some described the unique as a “shame” or a “Smurfette”, saying it didn’t appear to be Mrs Trump.
The brand new statue encompasses a plaque dedicating the sculpture to “the everlasting reminiscence of a monument to Melania which stood at this location”.
Mrs Trump was born in Novo Mesto in 1970 however grew up within the city of Sevnica, when Slovenia was a part of the Communist nation of Yugoslavia.
US artist Brad Downey commissioned the unique piece and positioned it exterior Sevnica in 2019.
It was carved out of a tree trunk by native chainsaw artisan Ales Zupevc and depicted her in a blue coat just like the one she wore to her husband’s inauguration, however bore solely a unfastened resemblance to the First Girl.
It was set alight on 4 July – Independence Day within the US – however Mr Downey has since exhibited the burnt statue in Slovenia, saying it “represents a visible illustration of political tensions which can be erupting in my nation”.
The brand new statue, made from bronze and revealed to the general public on Tuesday, is a duplicate of the unique.
“We’re right here right now as a result of we put up once more a statue of Melania to the place the place it was burnt and to commemorate the statue that was set on hearth,” Slovenian artist Marko Vivoda instructed AP information company.
For the reason that election of US President Donald Trump in 2016, vacationers have come to Sevnica to study extra in regards to the First Girl’s origins.
Residents have introduced out ranges of Melania-branded merchandise, together with slippers, desserts, and Trump-like burgers with fly-away cheese “hair”.
The almost 8m (26ft) tall statue depicted him with a sq. head and jaw and was equally controversial earlier than additionally being burnt down by unknown culprits in January 2020.
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