Jordanian sculptor uses discarded wood for art

Introducing: art from a guava tree

Location: Deir Alla, Jordan

Drawing inspiration from Islamic art

and iconic sites in the Middle East

sculptor Ibrahim al-Dayyat has created

over 50 pieces of wooden artwork

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) JORDANIAN SCULPTOR, IBRAHIM AL-DAYYAT, SAYING:

"I don't take the entire tree, I only use the waste wood, because the guava tree only lives between 10 to 20 years. After that there are parts of the tree that must be taken out, so I make use of this waste and transform it into works of art with high artistic value."

The artist refuses to sell his pieces

choosing instead to display them

in galleries and mosques around the world

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) JORDANIAN SCULPTOR, IBRAHIM AL-DAYYAT, SAYING:

"This work is my greatest personal treasure. They are an important part of my life, it's not easy to create these pieces, it has taken me years to do and I will not abandon this work."