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91/1863 Sculpture, environmental, 'Floating Forest', fibre / wood, Douglas Fuchs, Adelaide, 1981. Click to enlarge.

‘Floating Forest’ fibre sculpture by Douglas Fuchs

Designed by Fuchs, Douglas in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Douglas Fuchs (1947-1986) was an American fibre artist and teacher who came to Australia in 1981 on a Crafts Council of Australia Fellowship. 'Floating Forest' is a monumental work, containing seven woven totem forms, a variety of other fibre constructions and three large figures of hand-made cast paper. One figure, covered in paperbark collected in Arnhem Land, rests in a dream canoe. A menacing nightmare tableau also appears in the environment. This fibre environment relates closely to Fuch's...


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Object Statement

Sculpture, environmental, 'Floating Forest', fibre / wood, Douglas Fuchs, Adelaide, 1981

Physical Description

Sculpture, environmental, 'Floating Forest', fibre / wood, Douglas Fuchs, Adelaide, 1981.

A large sculptural installation constructed from various natural organic fibres and consisting of approximately 20 separate elements (29 parts). A wide variety of sculptural techniques plus traditional basketry techniques including plaiting, twining and looping have been used in construction of the work. Most of the components are life size or larger the installation is intended to be a free standing display covering a large area of floor space. Each component bears its own title.



960 mm


3630 mm



A note on the object file states that manufacture of the sculpture began in late July 1981 and was completed mid November 1981. During construction, various people dropped into the Jam Factory studio and lent a hand. Hossein Valamanesh collaborated on a number of the major pieces and Kay Lawrence, Pat Grummet, Georgia Clarke and Elena Gellibrand also helped at various stages in assembling the units.



Notes on the object file state that Douglas Fuchs created the work at a studio at the Jam Factory in Adelaide. The work was installed at the Adelaide Fesitival Centre Gallery, then transferred to the Meat Market Craft Centre in Melbourne and finally displayed at the Crafts Council Centre Gallery in Sydney.


Credit Line

Purchased 1991

Acquisition Date

20 November 1991

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'Floating Forest' fibre sculpture by Douglas Fuchs 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 31 March 2020, <>


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