Rustic sculpture of Melania Trump unveiled near Slovenian hometown

Rustic sculpture of Melania Trump unveiled near Slovenian hometown

U.S. artist Brad Downey hired a neighborhood chainsaw artisan, Ales Zupevc, to reduce the likeness out of a tree trunk.

As visitors search for an insight into Mrs Trump's early years, residents have brought out ranges of Melania-branded merchandise including slippers, cake, and Trump-like burgers with fly-away cheese "hair".

While the sleepy town of 5,000 has profited from its most famous daughter - placing itself firmly on the tourist trail, selling a range of Melania-themed products including honey, chocolate and cake - the USA first lady's latest reincarnation has divided opinion.

The idea of the American artist Brad Downey has had.

A life-size sculpture of the US First Lady has been unveiled in her hometown in Slovenia, drawing mixed reactions from locals and the Internet. Zupevc carved that vision into a tree using a chainsaw, and now the world has this.

There was no attempt at an accurate likeness, to the point where the gallery in Ljubljana was left uncertain about how seriously to take the statue.

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The Daily Beast noted another local told that the sculpture doesn't resemble Melania at all.

"It's a Smurfette. It's a disgrace", was one resident's review.

Statue of Melanie trump in Sevnica.

Social media users are baffled by the statue, with many remarking how unlike her it is and suggesting that it "desperately needs a facelift". "Look at how high she climbed to the top, just like Melania, who rose to the top of America", the resident told Reuters.

A local 24-year-old architecture student named Nika told AFP: "If the monument was meant to be a parody, then the artist has been successful".

"I can understand why people might think that this falls short as a description of her physical appearance", he said, but insisted that he found the end result "absolutely lovely".

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