This Sunday locals informed the Krško Firefighting Unit that the wooden statue of America’s First Lady Melania Trump, which had been erected in in Rožno, was on fire.
The wooden sculpture of Trump in a blue dress was raised on July 5th 2019 in a settlement not far from her hometown of Sevnica.
The sculpture was a work of local sculptor and craftsman Aleš Župevc Maxi and commissioned by American artist Brad Downey, who also filmed a documentary about the making of the statue.
The sculpture was met with mixed responses from the public and received a great amount of attention from local and international press.
The Novo Mesto Police have been informed about the incident, and are currently investigating the circumstances of the event.
Earlier this year, a wooden statue of President Donald Trump was also burned, this time entirely, in Moravče, some 30 kilometres east of Ljubljana.
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