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Sculpture of U.S. first lady Melania Trump set on fire in Slovenia

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By Marja Novak

A wooden sculpture of U.S. first lady Melania Trump was torched near her hometown of Sevnica, Slovenia, on the night of July Fourth, as Americans celebrated U.S. Independence Day, said the artist who commissioned the sculpture.

Brad Downey, a Berlin-based American artist, told Reuters he had the life-sized blackened, disfigured sculpture removed as soon as police informed him on July 5th of the incident.

"I want to know why they did it," said Downey, who had hoped the statue would foster a dialogue about the political situation in the United States, highlighting Melania Trump's status as an immigrant married to a president sworn to reduce immigration.

In Washington, the office of Melania Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In recent weeks, President Donald Trump has pledged to take a hard line on anyone destroying or vandalizing U.S. historical monuments, as political activism against racial injustice has swept across the country.

Downey, 39, said he had filed a police report and would like to interview the culprits, if found, for a film he is preparing ahead of his exhibition due to open in Slovenia in September.

"The investigation in this case has not been completed yet so we cannot reveal details due to the interest of further procedures," police spokeswoman Alenka Drenik told Reuters.

Although the statue’s face was rough-hewn and unrecognizable prior to the fire, the figure was painted with a pale blue wraparound coat resembling the one Melania Trump wore at the swearing in of her husband U.S. President Donald Trump.

The figure was carved with a chainsaw by local folk artist Ales Zupevc from the trunk of a living linden tree.

In January, a large wooden statue resembling Donald Trump, designed by a local artist last year, was burnt in Slovenia's city of Moravce, east of the capital Ljubljana.

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A statue of Melania???

The only achievement she has is marrying trump and renegotiating her pre-nup.

If she wrote 'The art of renegotiating a deal' she might deserve a statue!!

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She got her family fast tracked into the US.

One rule for the stinking rich...

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Oh well not news shes a trophy wife to boot anyhow.

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Just had a look at a photo of the "statue".

Not sure now whether it was set on fire for political or for aesthetic reasons. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Melania set it on fire herself.

https://www.elle.com/culture/celebrities/a28311297/melania-trump-wooden-sculpture-mixed-reactions/

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The good and great things about a statue is, you can always, always rebuild them. I’m sure she probably doesn’t even care. Just wait until they put statues up of Obama and Michelle, if their statues got desecrated, liberals would lose their minds.

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This was in her own birth country not America. It was ugly anyway.

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So you have "mainstream" media believers even in Slovenia. Illustrates the power of the media and the gullability of a large part of the population.

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This was in her own birth country not America. It was ugly anyway.

She needs to get a better artist next time

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Melania didn't commission the work.

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BigYenToday  02:08 pm JST

Just had a look at a photo of the "statue".

Not sure now whether it was set on fire for political or for aesthetic reasons. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Melania set it on fire herself.

https://www.elle.com/culture/celebrities/a28311297/melania-trump-wooden-sculpture-mixed-reactions/

Umm..is that photo BEFORE or AFTER they destroyed it?

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The photo is before it was burnt. Ugly has sin.

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