President Donald Trump’s wife and former model, Melania Trump, recently had an odd statue erected in her honor, and many are baffled, and a few are laughing.
This week, Aleš “Maxi” Župev decided to pay tribute to the first lady by carving a wooden statue from a living tree in Sevnica, Slovenia.
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A life-size wooden statue of US first lady Melania Trump has been unveiled in her birth country of Slovenia, but not everyone is pleased with it. The sculpture was erected next to the Sava River in the village of Rozno, around 8km from Mrs Trump's hometown of Sevnica. It was commissioned by Brad Downey, a Berlin-based American artist, and sculpted with a chainsaw by local folk artist Ales Zupevc. Mr Downey already has an exhibition in the capital Ljubljana, which explores the first lady's Slovenian heritage, and this new piece serves as an accompaniment to it. Although the statue is dressed in the pale blue wraparound coat that Mrs Trump wore at her husband's inauguration as US president, it appears to show very little likeness to the first lady – promoting some criticism from locals. One resident said: "It doesn't look anything like Melania… It's a Smurfette." Another said: "It's not okay. It's a disgrace. That's what I have to say." #melaniatrump #firstlady #melania #trump
Melania’s 2017 presidential inaugural outfit inspired the life-size statue that was carved with a chainsaw. The Donald’s wife wore a baby blue suit dress from Ralph Lauren and matching gloves and shoes.
While people in her hometown see Melania with pride, they have other thoughts about the sculpture. One local said the first-ever monument of Melania was a disgrace while another said it would bring tourists.
Talking to ABC, Mirjana Jelancic, a childhood friend of Melania’s said: “It’s really a cultural shock for us.”
Blaž Berginc, a Sevnica pensioner, added: “What a disgrace! Why did he have to make her look like an evil stepmother of Pinocchio?”
People have fled to social media to comment on the sculpture. One said: “Umm. Looks more warm and compassionate than the subject and Needs more plastic.”
Another claimed: “She shouldn’t be dressed, and it needs more plastic on the face.”
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Statue of Melania in Slovenia, carved out of wood by a local artist using a chainsaw. So bad it’s good. Classic camp 😂😂😂 #melaniatrump #thefirstlady #flotus #chainsawcarving #slovenia #artiseverywhere #sculpture #braddowney #chainsawart #camp #artstagram #brilliant #publicart
This follower stated: “Imagine hating somebody who you’ve never met and who hasn’t done a damn thing to you as much as the hate in these comment sections. Wow. The hatred and discontent here is an example of why we have so many issues in this country. Every one of you that judge but do not know and have never been in a position like this must be miserable in life and need to find someone to blame for your failed life other than yourself. I would feel sorry for you, but you have caused it. So may God, who you probably have issues with too, have mercy on your depressing soul. And P.S. I don’t need to have your comments either. I get it. Your upset, sad, angry, hate-filled and I am wrong for having no issues with our President and his wife, the First Lady. Gotcha and you won’t change my mind. Go cry somewhere else. It’s a damn piece of wood relax. ”
What are your thoughts on the statue? Is this an homage or a form of satire?