Melania Trump has her fair share of fans here in America, but there are also those who look up to the first lady overseas in her home country of Slovenia.
At least, we THINK they look up to her. It’s hard to tell.
Local chainsaw artist Ales Zupevc recently unveiled a “tribute” to the American First Lady near Melania’s hometown. Commissioned by Berlin-based American artist Brad Downey, the sculpture was carved out of a living Linden tree and shows a woman (supposedly Mrs. Trump) waving a club-like hand while wearing the blue dress Melania wore during her husband’s inauguration.
If the artist hadn’t told us the statue was supposed to be Melania, however, we might not have recognized her.
— euronews (@euronews) July 6, 2019
Sculpture of Melania Trump in her Slovenian hometown. 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. pic.twitter.com/myKRTh3FMK
— Jerry Saltz (@jerrysaltz) July 6, 2019
Locals noted to the BBC that the statue “doesn’t look anything like Melania.” Even a leaflet in a nearby gallery wasn’t sure whether the sculpture should be taken seriously:
“‘Perhaps we are simply trying vigorously to make sense of things that might only be a slapstick prank,’ it said in a leaflet. Who knows?”
Melania Trump First Lady& former model has earned the love & trust of the people in Slovenian. A famous artist hand carved a beautiful sculpture of Melania. The statue was unveiled with ambiguous Reviews. The statue has the image of scarecrow.
— stokesmorgan (@maryannstok) July 6, 2019
Many people who have looked at pictures of the statue find themselves inexplicably “cursed” by its image…
ngl i actually learned a lil in the little bit of news i watched
and my eyes were cursed by a melania trump sculpture
thanks i guess?
— bambi | is so fuxking proud of dnp ғ̶ᴘ̶ᴇ̶ (@0bambi01) July 6, 2019
— CrazyAssBear (@CrazyAssBear) July 5, 2019
Well, THAT should be a real crowd pleaser. https://t.co/S3ziEbJZeI
— Mildred Ellison (@Ellisonx) July 6, 2019
Others thought the artist did a pretty good job.
It’s remarkable how this wooden sculpture captures the essence of Melania Trump. https://t.co/MWlrnOhn73
— Steven Beschloss (@StevenBeschloss) July 6, 2019
— Sandy Netherton (@desdemona31) July 8, 2019
There’s definitely something a bit…off about the carving’s face.
That sculpture of Melania is hilarious. Looks more like a Coronation Street character from the sixties. 😂 #jeremyvine
— Cally❤🌹OUR NHS NOT FOR SALE! (@looneyleftski) July 8, 2019
The Melania “sculpture” is a lot like when people find a Jesus in their toast but instead somebody found driftwood and squinted at it for a minute.
— Hannah Beauxnana (@abnormallychill) July 8, 2019
Sculpture Melania will come for you in your nightmares.
— Kathie Waldron (@klw0017) July 7, 2019
Frightening and horrific!! 😲
— Michael Busby (@MichaelBusby49) July 7, 2019
It seems Ales Zupevc is going to sculpt whatever his muse inspires him to.
Its gotta be said, kudos to Folk Artist Ales Zupevc for having the balls & commitment to their art to create their interpretation of the commission. Love it!! #melaniatrump #AlesZupevc https://t.co/W1gIoKuCOU
— The Zen Vibe (@thezenvibe) July 6, 2019
The Melania statue reminded many people of another piece of meme-ified modern art.
hardcore shipping the new melania trump statue with the botched jesus painting. pic.twitter.com/S3P93n2CuD
— Elaine Atwell (@ElaineAtwell) July 7, 2019
For a more flattering representation of the FLOTUS, President Donald J. Trump Paper Dolls: Commemorative Inaugural Edition are available here.
“Six realistic models portray the 45th President, his wife Melania, and his sons and daughters. A dazzling full-color wardrobe of accurately re-created apparel features the clothes the Trumps wore to the daytime inauguration ceremony as well as their sumptuous evening wear for the balls and galas. Bonus outfits include ensembles from key stops along the campaign trail.”
Melania’s husband, President Donald Trump, might have stepped in to say something if he wasn’t having art troubles of his own.
After his 4th of July gaffe in which President Trump accidentally spoke of airports being fought over during the American Revolution, many people online have been mocking him by adding some subtle alterations to paintings from that period.
This painting of Washington arriving at Valley Forge has been discovered in the US National Archives and gives credence to President Trump's claims say Republicans.#Impeach45 pic.twitter.com/MkzZlZlqLi
— The Flying Pig 🆑6️⃣ (@slinger_LFC) July 5, 2019
— End All Pointless Wars Now 🎥 🎸 ☮️ (@ProleUprising) July 5, 2019
Oh well, Melania!
Better to be memorialized in bad art than in no art at all, right? Right?
I swear I've looked at this painting, Washington Crossing the Delaware, a thousand times & for the life of me can't recall having ever noticed Ivanka Trump braving the perilous icy passage with George and his fellow revolutionaries that starless Christmas night!
— Dean Friedman (@DeanFriedman) July 4, 2019