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Johnson Zuze, a 36-year-old Zimbabwean mixed media artist, makes artistic statements out of trash.

CHITUNGWIZA, Zimbabwe, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- One man's trash is another man's treasure! The saying literally describes the works of Johnson Zuze, a 36-year-old Zimbabwean mixed media artist who makes artistic statements out of trash.

Armed with nothing but his hands and the junk he collects from dumpsites in his hometown of Chitungwiza, about 30 km south of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, Zuze is fighting hard for raising awareness about the protection of the environment -- not by words but through visual artistic expressions.

"What I do is I collect items of urban junk either from street corners or landfills and I give them new existence beyond their primary use into a poetic justice dimension," Zuze told Xinhua.

His latest piece titled "Save and Protect," is an art installation resembling a full-size elephant completely made out of recycled materials.

The self-taught artist said the idea behind the piece, which is a commissioned artwork for a regular client in the United States, is to give new existence to daily objects and present them with a lively presence beyond their primary use.

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