Life-size and located in the middle of a field, near Sevnica, a city in eastern Slovenia where Melania Trump spent her childhood, the bronze statue immortalizes the first lady.
The work was commissioned by American artist Brad Downey, from Louisville, Kentucky, and wants to criticize Trump’s migration policy. The idea is to remind the American president that his own wife is an immigrant.
Downey ordered a first statue last year, representing the former model and today first lady, but the work, carved from a tree trunk, was burned a few months ago. It is not known who burned it.
The artist, based in Berlin, ordered another sculpture, monochromatic and more solid, now inaugurated. The work also had the collaboration of local artisan Ales “Maxi” Zupevc.