Wood-carved statue of Melania Trump erected in her Slovenian hometown
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A wooden statue of First Lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump discussed pardoning Ghislaine Maxwell: book Jill Biden appears on Vogue cover White House did not brief Pence team on swearing him in after Trump COVID-19 diagnosis: book MORE was unveiled in her hometown in Slovenia Friday, drawing pushback from local residents, The Guardian reported.

The life-sized statue depicts Trump in the blue outfit she wore to her husband’s presidential inauguration in 2017 and shows her raising her left hand in a waving gesture.

The statue, which was carved into a tree using a chainsaw, sits on top a wooden plank in a field near Sevnica. It’s said to be the first monument anywhere that’s dedicated to her, the Guardian reports.


“I can understand why people might think that this falls short as a description of her physical appearance,” artist Brad Downey, who conceptualized the statue, told the Guardian, adding that the end result is “absolutely beautiful.”

Critics have spoken out about the monument, with one resident reportedly saying that “if the monument was meant to be a parody, then the artist has been successful," the publication reports.

Photos of the statue have since been shared on social media, with some criticizing and making fun of the artwork.

Since Trump’s husband was elected to the White House, businesses and storefronts in Slovenia have sold Melania slippers, cake and honey with her face as a branding tool, the outlet reported.