Tribute to Melania Trump: new statue unveiled after original burned in her hometown

SEVNICA, Slovenia. – A bronze statue representing the first lady of the United States, Melania Trump, was unveiled Tuesday in her native Slovenia to replace a wooden one that caught fire in July.

The new sculpture is a replica of the original by American artist Brad Downey and is located near the hometown of Trump, Sevnica, in central Slovenia.

Trump-like statue burned in Melania‘s home country

Trump statue burned in the country of his wife Melania

The original statue was set on fire by unknown arsonists on the 4th of July. The rustic figure was cut from the trunk of a linden tree, showing it in a pale blue dress like the one he wore at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration.

A plaque next to the new one says that it is “dedicated to the eternal memory of a monument to Melania that was in this place”.

“We are here today because we placed a statue of Melania back at the place where it was burned and to commemorate the statue that caught fire,” said Slovenian artist Marko Vivoda.

Unveiling of the statue of US First Lady Melania Trump by artists Bred Downey (R) and Ales ‘Maxi’ Zupevc at her birthplace in Sevnica, Slovenia, 15 September 2020.

The life-size sculpture bears no obvious resemblance to the first lady of the United States.

Born Melanija Knavs in nearby Novo Mesto in 1970, the first lady of the United States grew up in Sevnica, while Slovenia was part of the former communist-ruled Yugoslavia. An Alpine nation of 2 million people, Slovenia is now a member of the European Union and NATO.