Combining art and ecology, McMaster students have put together a show that focuses on the environmental preservation of Cootes Paradise and the Niagara Escarpment.

Called "Mapping Paradise," the display is a collaborative art project put together by students from a new course called The Environmentally Responsible Studio. It was coordinated under the supervision of Professor Judy Major-Girardin and Gregg Schlanger of the Central Washington University.

The show features student work created around issues relating to the Cootes Paradise and Niagara Escarpment biosphere, and the efforts made to preserve biodiversity in the region.

Major-Girardin said the project will demonstrate how Hamilton’s large amount of green space can be used to benefit the community while simultaneously improving the environment.

"There are several groups, from the Royal Botanical Gardens, to people on campus, to people in naturalists groups out in the community who are trying to link all these green spaces together around the bay," said Major-Girardin. "It would act as a corridor for wildlife and also for people to really enjoy all these naturals areas in an urban centre."

The gallery, which is located on the McMaster campus in room 114 of Togo Salmon Hall, is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. all weekend.