A LIFE-SIZED basking shark made from second-hand electrical devices has been unveiled as an art installation at Stirling's Thistles shopping centre.

The e-waste shark, Betty, has been making a splash with shoppers and is made out of second-hand devices, including 200 keyboards and water cooler panels that have been saved from going to landfill.

Shoppers brave enough to stand at Betty’s mouth will see two projector lenses and TV screens showing a powerful film highlighting the enormous scale of e-waste that is shipped across seas every year.

Betty was created by Edinburgh artist Jonathan Elders in a bid to raise awareness about Scotland's electronic waste problem.

Gary Turnbull, centre director at the Thistles, said: “We’re excited to have welcomed Betty into the centre as not only is it a fantastic sculpture, but it is also a great way to educate our shoppers on the problem of electronic waste which faces us all.

“At Thistles we have been putting a great focus on sustainability, how to cut down on all waste and the steps we can take to protect our planet.

“Our Wolf Pack Kids’ Club is something that we’ve been able to introduce into the centre, with the help of the Sustainable Supers, to get the next generation clued up on all things sustainable and reducing our carbon footprint.”

The e-waste shark will be at the centre for a limited time only.