Colorado & Regional Art

Anemotive Tower

Anemotive Tower

Year 1962

Artist Bob Mangold (1930–2023, American)

Media nickel-plated steel

Dimensions 42 3/4 x 12 3/4 x 14 1/4 inches

Born in rural Indiana in 1930, Robert (Bob) Mangold joined the Air Force in 1949. At Indiana University where he earned an MFA in 1960, he started working on wind-driven sculpture as early as 1958, about the same time as George Rickey, a teacher and friend. In the early 1960s, Mangold moved to Colorado and taught design and sculpture at the University of Denver where he worked with Jack Ball and Vance Kirkland until 1964. He then went on to create the art department at Metropolitan State College (now University) in 1965 and taught sculpture there for 29 years. As a kinetic artist, Mangold’s sculptures explore concepts of space and motion, exemplified by series such as PTTSAAES, which stands for Point Traveling Through Space At An Erratic Speed. In 1962, Mangold began his Anemotive series of spherical, wind-propelled kinetic sculptures. As with this work, the anemotives are characterized by cup-like shapes mounted on arms which allow for motion. Mangold and his wife Peggy, an art dealer, owned Artyard, a gallery which also served as his studio in Denver. Mangold has been exhibited nationally and internationally in more than 20 solo exhibitions. He created a number of public art pieces, including a sculpture in Denver’s Civic Center Park.

ON VIEW in Sculpture Gallery 10

Signature Signed "MANGOLD '62" bottom

Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number 2012.0061