A bronze statue of the US first lady, Melania Trump, has been uncovered near her hometown in Slovenia, to replace a wooden carving of her that was burnt in an arson attack two months ago.
On Tuesday, September 15, Artist Brad Downey uncovered the bronze statue. The statue is near Sevnica, the small town in central Slovenia where the US First Lady grew up.
Melania Trump, Brad Downey And Ales Zupec’s Collaboration
The new work of art similar to the originals is a collaboration between Brad Downey and Ales Zupec. Downey, a Berlin-based artist from Louisville, Kentucky, along with a local craftsman, Ales “Maxi” Zupevc. He has invited residents of Melania’s hometown of Sevnica near Slovenia to look at the work in nearby Rozno, south-eastern Slovenia.
The bronze similar to the original has been placed on the same tree stump where the wooden statue was placed previously it was badly damaged. Molded on the prior design, Downey has said he wishes that it will now be strong enough to bear any damages.
Downey’s Work Was Inspired By Vladimir Lenin
Brad Downey had stated the burning of the original sculpture symbolic of “political tensions” in the US and “conceptualized as criticism” of Donald Trump’s politics.
Downey Denies of Being Involved In The Arson Case
Brad Downey also protected himself against condemnations that he gave permission to burn the wooden statue installed in Slovenia as part of his artistic procedure. He said, “I neither set fire to the statue nor did I commission anyone to do so.”
Earlier this month, the burnt and blistered remains of the wooden artwork by Zupevc. This was uncovered in July 2019, went on show at an art gallery in the Slovenian beach resort of Koper.