Bronze statue of US first lady is unveiled in Slovenia

Local people look at a bronze statue representing the U.S first lady Melania Trump made by Brad Downey, a Berlin-based U.S. artist, is erected in her birthplace of Sevnica, Slovenia, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, after a previous one, made in wood, was set alight. Melania Trump was born and grew up in Slovenia before moving abroad as a fashion model. (AP Photo)

SEVNICA, Slovenia (AP) — A bronze statue representing U.S. first lady Melania Trump was unveiled in her native Slovenia to replace a wooden one that was set on fire in July. The new sculpture is a replica of the original one that was commissioned by a U.S. artist Brad Downey and placed near Trump’s hometown of Sevnica in central Slovenia. The original statue was torched by unknown arsonists on July 4th. A plaque next to the new one reads it is “dedicated to the eternal memory of a monument to Melania which stood at this location.” The life-sized sculpture bears no obvious resemblance to the U.S. first lady.