US first lady Melania Trump’s Awooden sculpture was torched in her hometown of Sevnica, Slovenia, on the night of July Fourth, as Americans celebrated US Independence Day, the artist who commissioned the sculpture said. Brad Downey, an American artist based in Berlin, told Reuters that he had the life-size blackened, disfigured sculpture removed as soon as he was informed of the incident by police on July 5th.
“I want to know why they did it,” said Downey, who had hoped the statue would encourage a discussion about the U.S. political climate, emphasizing the role of Melania Trump as an immigrant married to a president who was pledged to limit immigration. Melania Trump’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment in Washington.
“In this situation, the investigation has not yet been finished and we can not share information out of the importance of further procedures,” police spokeswoman Alenka Drenik told Reuters. While the face of the statue was rough-hewn and unrecognizable before the explosion, the model was decorated with a pale blue wraparound coat matching the one Melania Trump wore at her husband US President Donald Trump’s swearing in. In January a large wooden statue resembling Donald Trump was burned in Slovenia ‘s city of Moravce, east of the capital Ljubljana, built by a local artist last year.