Sculpture on the Green II Robert Mangold
May 2018 - April 2019
Located around Fiddler's Green Circle
About the Exhibition
MOA presents Sculpture on the Green II, the second installation of an ongoing, annual, rotating exhibition. This year, renowned Colorado sculptor, Robert Mangold is featured. Artworks are placed around Fiddler’s Green Circle and will remain on exhibit from May 2018 through April 2019.
Working in both traditional and kinetic sculpture formats, Mangold’s sculptures explore concepts of space and motion. In 1962, Mangold began his Anemotive series of spherical, wind-propelled kinetic sculptures. His anemotive kinetic works are characterized by cup-like shapes mounted on arms which allow for motion.
The sculptures you see in this Sculpture on the Green exhibition are made from industrial steel piping. Some are painted a brilliant red, while others are simply polished, allowing for the beauty in the raw material to be discovered.
The unusual title of this series of work, PTTSAAES, is actually an acronym, the letters standing for a “Point Traveling Through Space At An Erratic Speed.” Unlike the wind-activated works in Mangold’s 'Anemotive Series', 'PTTSAAES' is stationary and movement is instead implied.
The viewer’s eye moves along the slick lines of varying lengths and directions, but through the suggestion of speed the observer can mentally add an energy force to “animate” the work. With adjustments in perception, the point then travels through space via “virtual kinesis,” rising up from the ground and zooming back into it.
Mangold has exhibited nationally and internationally. He has also created a number of public art pieces and has 3 sculptures in the MOA collection.
This exhibition is generously supported by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District and John Madden Company.