A fresh look at Denver Sculptor Robert Mangold

Kyle MacMillan



Looking for new modes of expression, increasing numbers of American sculptors in the 1950s and ‘60s turned to welded metal and works that were constructed, not carved or molded.


Their chief inspiration was David Smith, an Indiana native who first experimented with the medium during the 1930s and was showcased in a 1957 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.


Among those swept up in the enthusiasm for welded sculpture was another Indiana native, Robert Mangold, who earned his bachelor of arts degree a year after Smith’s landmark exhibition.


For more than 50 years, the 79-year-old Denver sculptor has remained devoted to the form, creating indoor and outdoor pieces that can be seen across Denver and as far away as the Hakone Open Air Museum in Tokyo.