A large wooden sculpture of First Lady Melania Trump was erected near her hometown of Sevnica, Slovenia, and the finished product was unveiled Friday.
The statue, carved entirely from wood using a chainsaw, depicts the First Lady in a light blue dress, the same color as the one she wore to President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration. It is reportedly carved into a living linden tree trunk, and depicts the Melania waving towards the town where she grew up.
“Berlin-based American artist Brad Downey commissioned local artisan Ales “Maxi” Zupevc to carve the statue using a chainsaw,” according to a CBS report. “It accompanies Downey’s exhibition at a gallery in the capital, Ljubljana, exploring Melania’s heritage.”
“Since the current political situation popped up, I felt compelled to inject a bit of my voice into this narrative,” Downey reportedly said. “The idea to commission the first monument to Melania has some cheekiness to it, but I wanted to do a serious investigation there. It’s a beautiful story that it’s still physically rooted in the area she is coming from.”
Supporters of President Donald J. Trump are pleased that the First Lady is being honored.
But his detractors, including The New York Times, have been keen on bashing the statue. Though the wooden sculpture is not very detailed, it is a piece of art meant to honor an important figure in her home country. That is not good enough for some on the political left.
“Someone Used a Chain Saw to Make a Melania Trump Statue. Few Were Impressed,” said a New York Times headline. But predictably, the former “paper of record did not provide much in the way of evidence that “few were impressed” by the statue. Instead, the paper quoted two anonymous people who spoke with ITV, a small British news outlet, who did not like the way the statue looked. Suffice to say, the opinions of two unnamed people is not exactly proof that “few were impressed,” as The Times wants you to believe. The piece was partisan hackery at its finest.
Downey accepted the criticism gracefully.
“I can understand why people might think that this falls short as a description of her physical appearance,” he told AFP. But, he said, the finished product is “absolutely beautiful.”
Neither the President nor the First Lady have commented on the statue yet.
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