About five miles from Melania Trump’s hometown of Sevnica, Slovenia a wooden sculpture of the first lady was set on fire on July 4.
Brad Downey, the American conceptual artist who commissioned amateur woodworker Ales Zupevc to create the sculpture, told Reuters that the wooden sculpture had been set on fire, adding, “I want to know why they did it.” He also said he filed a police report and said he would like to interview the perpetrators for a film he is making.
“The investigation in this case has not been completed yet so we cannot reveal details due to the interest of further procedures,” police spokeswoman Alenka Drenik told Reuters.
Although the statue’s face was rough-hewn and unrecognizable prior to the fire, the figure was painted with a pale blue wraparound coat resembling the one Melania Trump wore at the swearing in of her husband U.S. President Donald Trump.
The figure was carved with a chainsaw by local folk artist Ales Zupevc from the trunk of a living linden tree.
In January, a large wooden statue resembling President Trump, designed by a local artist last year, was burnt in Slovenia’s city of Moravce, east of the capital Ljubljana.