A SCOTTISH artist has created tiny landscapes to illustrate the threat of climate change using miniature 2cm-tall penguins and polar bears perched on plastic bags and face masks.

David Gilliver used plastics and 2cm animal figurines to create the eight thought-provoking images.

Gilliver said: “As far back as I can remember, I have been very aware of the damage being caused to our planet by humans and climate change, primarily through watching nature shows and the news. I would also love to think that my work might help to inspire others to think about how they too can help raise climate change awareness through creative outlets.”

His favourite shot is of a tiny polar bear stood upon a glass of crushed ice that he’s named “Party like there’s no tomorrow”.

“For me, this image sums up the attitudes of most governments: they aim to profit at the expense of humanity,” Gilliver said.

The Scottish artist has named the photoset “Climate Change (It’s no small problem)”, inspired by the upcoming COP26 summit.

Images show a white plastic bag lit up to look as though it’s an iceberg, and some penguins balancing on ice made from a face mask.

They were named “Just the tip of the iceberg” and “Peng-demic”.

It took Gilliver on average between two and three hours to set up, photograph and edit each image.

He photographed them using his Canon 5D Mark III and 100mm Macro Lens between April and September this year in his home studio in Gartcosh, Glasgow.