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The fl oating fi gure of Trump showed up some time during the weekend art event Gowanus
Open Studios. Photo by Kevin Duggan
Statue spotted in Gowanus Canal
BY KEVIN DUGGAN
He’s the Commander-in-need-of-abath!
A green-eyed fl oat of President
Donald Trump surrounded by reptiles
buoyed in the fetid Gowanus Canal
over the weekend, leaving locals
baffl ed and amused at the cartoon-like
commander-in-chief, which trolled beneath
the Carroll Street Bridge.
“I think it’s pretty funny,” said Gowanus
Canal Conservancy head Andrea
Parker. “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
Readers of the local blog Pardon
Me For Asking fi rst spotted the infl
atable president — donning his signature
red power tie — in Brooklyn’s
Nautical Purgatory during the neighborhood
arts event Gowanus Open
Studios, leading some Brooklynites to
speculate that sculpture was meant as
a statement piece to mock the Oval Offi
ce’s orange occupant.
“As we approached the old Figliolia
building, I jumped a few inches in the
air because I saw snakes and tentacles
writhing in the dark between two
parked cars.’” said Brad Vogel of the
Gowanus Dredgers canoe club. “Only
then did I see the Trumpian part of it
and the human fi gure.”
A representative for Gowanus Open
Studios did not return a request for
comment by press time.
Vogel could not make out the artist’s
identity, but described a “sort of a
gray, hooded fi gure.”
This is not the fi rst time Trump
has had an imprint on the Gowanus,
as a honcho with the city’s Department
of Environmental Protection
recently blamed the controversial
president for vetoing a city plan to
construct a massive sewage tunnel
under the canal.
“President Trump’s EPA is at it
again: ignoring science and facts when
making signifi cant decisions that impact
New Yorkers’ lives,” department
spokesman Ted Timbers told the
Brooklyn Eagle at the time.
But Gowanusaurs have a good relationship
with the federal agency’s reps,
according to Parker, who said any anti-
Trump sentiment probably had different
“I don’t think folks from the neighborhood
think that the EPA is ‘Trump’s
EPA,’” said Parker. “We have a very
good relationship with the folks over
at that agency.”
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