A charred wooden statue of the US first lady Melania Trump was exhibited at the art gallery of the city of Koper, Slovenia, Wednesday (2/9) local time.
The statue was burned by someone while it was displayed in an open space near Melania’s birthplace in Sevnica, on July 4, which is the independence day of the United States.
“This object (the scorched statue) represents a visual representation of the political tensions taking place in my country,” Brad Downey, a US artist based in Germany, told Reuters.
The 40-year-old artist asked the Slovenian artist Ales Zupevc to create the life-size statue. Melania Trump was born in Slovenia in 1970 when the country was still part of Yugoslavia.
The exhibition also showcases a plastic replica of the wooden sculpture and prints used to make a bronze statue of Trump which will be unveiled in Rozno, near Sevnica, next week, where the wooden statue previously stood. Downey said the statue was burned at a time when a number of statues of the invaders were destroyed in the US as part of the “Black Lives Matter” rally.
Downey said he made the statue in hopes of encouraging dialogue about the political situation in the US, where the president vows to reduce immigration even though he marries an immigrant.
The face of the statue is roughly sculpted and unrecognizable, but the statue is wearing a pale blue coat similar to Melania’s outfit during Donald Trump’s inauguration as US president, Reuters was quoted on Friday (4/9).