Floating Statue of Donald Trump Surrounded by Snakes Found in New York Canal: 'It's Trump in His Natural Element—the Swamp'

His catchphrase both as presidential candidate and president was to "drain the swamp." Now, it appears that Donald Trump is stuck in one himself.

An angry-looking green-eyed statue of the president surrounded by fake snakes has been turning heads in the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, New York since Sunday.

It is not known who created the artwork which depicts Trump inside a tire, with his mouth open and his hand glowing a particularly garish shade of orange.

But Mike Heyner, who lives nearby, was impressed, telling WPIX: "They put a suit jacket on him, a shirt, a red tie. I mean, it looked pretty good. So whoever did it took their time doing it."

Gowanus Canal, Brroklyn, New York
Views of the Gowanus Canal on September 15, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. A statue of President Donald Trump in the canal has been turning heads in the area. Andrew Lichtenstein/Getty Images

However he said that time has taken its toll on the Trump effigy, adding, "He was in a lot better shape. He looks a little deflated now."

The statue was anchored under the Carroll Street Bridge by a mystery artist over the weekend which coincided with a local popular arts event called Gowanus Open Studios.

It was first brought to wider attention after a reader of the local blog Pardon Me For Asking posted images of it, with the comment: "It looked like he was put there not too long before because goo was just starting to collect among the snakes.

"By this afternoon, he'll be looking really gross! Looks like he's anchored because he's not moving despite the Gowanus flowing around him this morning. I have no idea how he got there."

Trump is still stuck in the toxic Gowanus Canal. The neighbors plan to leave him there. https://t.co/rtdwa9wNUH

— Gowanus Current (@GowanusCurrent) October 25, 2019

Another local, Daniel Alabanese told WPIX: "It's him surrounded by snakes in the most polluted water in the country. It's Trump in his natural element—the swamp."

Nicknamed Lavender Lake, the toxic waterway has at times been home to typhoid, cholera, tuberculosis, according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

@patkiernan photo of the day at the Gowanus canal. @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/0DYQKSNYTl

— Christine R. (@CKinneary) October 20, 2019

A local who only gave his first name Dennis told the publication: "It's an appropriate place to put an effigy of our current president because there's a lot of garbage in there," he said, adding: "I don't know if garbage should be maligned like that."

However Louis Freda told WPIX that the effigy was disrespectful, saying, "You're mocking our leader. You're mocking the guy that protects our country.

"To me if someone got caught throwing that in there they may be subject to an arrest."

Gowanus Canal Conservancy head Andrea Parker told the Brooklyn Paper: "I think it's pretty funny. It's creepy. And one thing I really like about it is how it's going in and out of from under the bridge with the tides."

A popular refrain from his 2016 campaign, Trump used the catchphrase "drain the swamp," as recently as Monday night to disparage House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff over criticism that the president did not inform him in advance of the operation to kill the leader of militant group Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

"Wouldn't be surprised if the Do Nothing Democrats Impeach me over that! DRAIN THE SWAMP!!" Trump tweeted.