Brad Downey

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Young people look at the new  bronze statue depicting US first lady Melania Trump, made by artist Brad Downey, near her home town of Sevnica, Slovenia. Photograph: Jure Makovec/AFP via Getty Images

When a wooden statue of Melania Trump was erected near her home town in Slovenia last year, it was mocked as looking like a Smurfette or a scarecrow. (...)

(Left) A file photo taken on July 5, 2019 of what conceptual artist Ales  Zupevc claims is the first ever monument of Melania Trump, set in the fields near the US first lady’s hometown of  Sevnica, Slovenia and  (right) a photo taken on July 7th,  showing the charred remains of a tree trunk that once acted as a plinth for the wooden statue. Photos by Jure Makovec/AFP via Getty Images.

A wooden sculpture of US first lady Melania Trump was torched near her hometown of Sevnica in Slovenia, the artist who commissioned the piece has said(...)