Tectonic Shift – John Little

2008 Finalist

Creator: John Little
Nominator: Susan MacAlpine Foshay

Fabricated entirely from stainless steel, Nova Scotian blacksmith John Little’s Tectonic Shift is an imposing, complex sculpture that marries the craft of the metalsmith with the art of a musician. Visually intriguing, producing a range of sounds that can best be described as ‘orchestral’ in their colour and variety, this unique interactive instrument invites collaborative and creative responses. Coming to life differently with each artist who works with it, Tectonic Shift provides an enormous palette of sounds with which to experiment. It is also continuously evolving as composers create new works especially for it. This delightful and innovative musical sculpture offers the excitement of discovery to all who engage with it, whether viewer, listener, performer or composer.