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Scarecrow statue of Melania Trump unveiled in Slovenia to mixed reviews

first_imgShare on Pinterest Slovenia The life-size statue of Melania Trump looks into the distance on 5 July. Photograph: Jure Makovec/AFP/Getty Images Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Shares1,4841484 A life-size wooden sculpture of Melania Trump is officially unveiled in Rozno, near her hometown of Sevnica, Slovenia, on 5 July.Photograph: Jure Makovec/AFP/Getty Images Pinterest Pinterest Share on Twitter Melania Trump Last modified on Fri 5 Jul 2019 16.19 EDT Twitter Twitter Twitter Fri 5 Jul 2019 15.45 EDT Facebook Melania Trump US conceptual artist Brad Downey: ‘I can understand why people might think that this falls short as a description of her physical appearance.’ Photograph: Jure Makovec/AFP/Getty Images Life-size image on the outskirts of Sevnica, the US first lady’s home town, was carved into a tree using a chainsaw Pinterest Its somewhat naive style has led some critics on social media to brand it a “scarecrow”.“I can understand why people might think that this falls short as a description of her physical appearance,” Downey told AFP, but insisted that he found the end result “absolutely beautiful”.Since Donald Trump took office in 2017, sleepy Sevnica has become a magnet for tourists and journalists searching for insights into the American first lady’s past.Entrepreneurial locals have been cashing in on the influx, offering a bewildering array of Melania Trump-branded food and merchandise as well as a tour of the area taking in the key sites of her early years. Since you’re here… However, not everyone has been moved to wax lyrical about the artwork.Nika, a local 24-year-old architecture student, told AFP: “If the monument was meant to be a parody, then the artist has been successful.“We in Sevnica can only laugh and, at the same time, hold our heads in our hands over their [the Trumps’] catastrophic reputation,” she added.Katarina, a 66-year-old resident of nearby Rozno, said that she thought the monument was a “good idea”.“Melania is a Slovenian hero, she made it to the top in the US,” she said. Share on Messenger Share via Email Share via Email Share on LinkedIn After Melania cake, Melania honey and even Melania slippers, the Slovenian home town of the US first lady will now boast a statue of its most famous daughter – albeit one that has faced decidedly mixed reviews.The life-size statue on the outskirts of Sevnica was inaugurated on Friday and is the brainchild of the 39-year-old American conceptual artist Brad Downey, who says it’s the first monument anywhere dedicated to the wife of Donald Trump.The sculpture was carved into a tree using a chainsaw and depicts Melania Trump in a blue dress and raising her left hand in a waving gesture, emulating a pose she struck at her husband’s 2017 inauguration. Europe AFP in Sevnica Topics Support The Guardian ‘Scarecrow’ statue of Melania Trump unveiled in Slovenia to mixed reviews Downey came up with the statue as part of a project aimed at exploring the first lady’s Slovenian roots and commissioned local artisan Ales Zupevc – also known as Maxi – to actually carve the sculpture.Downey told AFP he was struck by the fact that Maxi was born in the same year and in the same hospital as Trump herself.He said conversations with Maxi had enabled him to see Trump’s ancestral region through local eyes.“You see this river that she would have seen as a child, you see the mountains,” he said. People gather around a statue of Melania Trump on the outskirts of Sevnica, on 5 July. Photograph: Jure Makovec/AFP/Getty Images Share on WhatsApp news Facebook last_img read more