Artist: Robert Mangold
Dates: b.Huntingburg, IN, 1930
Materials: Acrylic on stainless steel
Dimensions: 15′ x 7′
About Windsong III
“If I could say with words what I am trying to say with my work, I would not need to create it.” -Robert Mangold
Windsong III revolves, creating a mosaic in motion, a patchwork of color against the sky. The colorful rhythmic dance of Windsong III draws the viewer’s attention skyward, conjuring memories of pinwheels, balloons, flowers, and simple pleasures. Mangold’s love of nature and keen fascination with kinetic forces offer an intricate, scholarly framework for interpreting his work. In achieving mastery of an artistic medium, which depends upon wind for its animation, Mangold has cultivated an understanding of man’s primal relationship with nature and its eternal cycles.
Robert Mangold’s anemotive kinetic sculpture is fabricated of concentric cones attached to independently mobile spokes, radiating from a vertical cylindrical base. Made of three distinct parts, two outer spokes move in a clockwise direction and the central spoke moves counterclockwise. His sculpture becomes an aesthetic expression of well-developed scientific and artistic notions.