2001 - metal: steel
'PTTSAAES' is installed outside the Seward Johnson Center for the Arts at Grounds For Sculpture. Made from industrial steel piping painted a brilliant red, the seventeen-foot-tall abstract work is easily spotted by visitors. The unusual title of Mangold’s piece 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.