London, Jan 16 (ANI): Italian artist Maurizio Savini has created a series of life-size sculptures including a buffalo and a bear - using chewed bubble gums.
Savini, based in Rome, created sculptures using thousands of pieces of the bright pink gum, and have sold for as much as 40,000 pounds each.
They include a life-size buffalo, a grizzly bear and suited businessmen suspended in gymnastic poses.
The 39-year-old has been using the unusual material, known in his native Italy as 'American Gum' after it arrived during World War II, for the past 10 years.
His sticky sculptures have been exhibited all over the world, including London, Edinburgh, Rome and Berlin, where they have sold for as much.
"The reason I like to use chewing gum is because it seemed to me an amazingly versatile material compared to those used by the traditional arts such as painting," the Telegraph quoted Savini, as saying.
"Despite its history of it belonging to popular culture, chewing gum does not have a statute of its own within institutional art.
"I believe that in my work on this material is redeemed and acquires a capacity and it has an expressive dignity of its own.
"I work the chewing gum when it is warm and manipulate it with a knife just like some traditional material like clay.
"The most important step is the fixing of the sculptures with formaldehyde and antibiotic," Savini added. (ANI)