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There’s a New Statue of Melania Trump in Slovenia and it is So Bad That People Can’t Stop Laughing
A bronze statue in honor of Melania Trump was unveiled in Slovenia this week, about two months after arsonists destroyed the original wooden version.
According to CNN, Berlin-based American artist Brad Downey presented the metal statue Tuesday near the first lady’s hometown of Sevnica. Downey told the outlet he decided to replace the first statue—created by local chainsaw artisan Ales Zupevc, a.k.a. Maxi—because local residents had been very supportive of the sculpture.
“I didn’t think it was a good ending for the artwork,” he explained. “I didn’t think it was a good ending for the community.”
Downey said the ongoing protests against racial injustice was also a factor in his decision to replace the statue with a version that was less vulnerable to vandalism.
“With the Black Lives Matter protests, there’s been a tendency to rip down monuments,” he told the New York Times. “So I wanted to install a permanent one.”
With exception to the blue dress featured in the original version, the life-sized statues have a very similar aesthetic. Though many have called the blocky works “abstract,” others have referred to it as “shoddy” and a “disgrace.” The polarizing work has even led some to wonder whether the piece was serious or intended as a joke. But it seems a large number of Twitter users are convinced it’s the latter.
This statue of Melania unveiled in Slovenia is literally the worst statue I’ve ever seen and I’ve been laughing at it for days pic.twitter.com/iVmupgPgMr
— Secular Talk (@KyleKulinski) September 21, 2020
You can read some of the amusing reaction’s to Trump’s bronze statue below.
The new Melania statue is perfect. pic.twitter.com/UMvRRAkhvL
— Schooley (@Rschooley) September 18, 2020
A new bronze statue of Melania 💩 has been unveiled near her hometown in Slovenia
It replaces a wooden sculpture erected last year, which was set on fire by arsonists
It's so life-like, it's uncanny. pic.twitter.com/SkKzKZBKb6
— Stone (@stonecold2050) September 16, 2020
Ok, for all you Exorcist fans out there, this is hysterical:
They just unveiled the new Melania Trump statue in Slovenia. pic.twitter.com/wL5iHhBkfu
— Michael Jastroch (@Jastroch) September 18, 2020
In this new Statue of Melania Trump unveiled in Slovenia the sculptor was able to capture all her warmth and charm. pic.twitter.com/ntjRQbmulk
— Dennis Mason (@maceface53) September 18, 2020
— Xavier Gonzalez Jr (@xaviergonzajr) September 18, 2020
There is so much more softness and humanity in this statue than in the real Melania.
— President Rufus T. Firefly (@Stewey444) September 16, 2020
In Slovenia, a wooden statue of Melania, which was burned, has been replaced by a bronze version. Passersby commented:
– "It captures her beauty and is less flammable"
– "At first I thought it was her"
– "Like Melania, it's strong and never moves"
– "That's her smile" pic.twitter.com/jd7WqtVk0C
— Paul Rudnick (@PaulRudnickNY) September 16, 2020
This is the new Statue of Melania Trump unveiled in Slovenia. It's like someone tried to take the slogan be best and change it to be half-assed or be phoning it in. pic.twitter.com/KC10tvLP9M
— Dave Matt (@davematt88) September 18, 2020
Just thought of the Melania statue again and started laughing so hard I had to go sit in my car so my coworkers wouldn’t think I was having a nervous breakdown
— caleb (@Cworkman91) September 20, 2020
They just unveiled the new Melania Trump statue in Slovenia I dont think they finished the demon face 🤷🏻♂️🤦🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/5l0MsIqze9
— Frank®™ (@WFMGINC) September 18, 2020