Giraffe (Giraffa Camelopardalis) camel in a leopards coat
Living Giraffes appear to have arisen around one million years ago during the Pleistocene. the evolution of giraffes is believed to have been the changes from extensive forests to more open habitats which began eight million years ago
During this time tropical plants disappeared and were replaced by arid C4 plants and a dry savannah emerged across eastern and northern Africa. There are only an estimated ninety thousand giraffes in the wild. Some of these populations
number only a few hundred and are on the brink of extinction and need immediate protection.

Throwback – Salmon

It was thirty-three years ago that Richard created one of his first sculptures, done in collaboration with Bill Lishman. A magnificent work of art, a salmon which stands at twenty-seven feet long, made entirely of stainless steel. It was made for the town of Campbellton, New Brunswick, where it still is today. It was a bold project that marked the beginning of Richard’s decades long sculpting career. 

See more of Richard’s early projects on the Gallery page.

New Website

I am Richard Van Heuvelen. At the young age of 18 in 1978 I began working with sculptor Bill Lishman.  Soon I was delving into many varied projects with an emphasis in metal sculpture.  It was not long before I was left on my own and very quickly developed my own unique skills as well as my own way of doing things.  After ghost sculpting for various artists, I started my own company – The Wooden Anvil.

This is my new website. It is currently under construction. You can view photos of various projects on the Gallery page.