Lehighton Letters

Lehighton Letters
Lehighton Letters with Didactic
Lehighton Letter R
Lehighton Letter R detail
Lehighton Letter E
Lehighton Letter E detail
Lehighton Letter A
Lehighton Letter A detail
Lehighton Letter D
Lehighton Letter D detail
Lehighton Letter D detail
Inventory
Collection Number: 
17357
Building: 
Current Location: 
Tween area
Floor: 
2nd
Object Description
Artist Dates: 
1963-Current
Artist Nationality: 
American
Object Type: 
Details: 
This is a mixed-media "green" sculpture of four individual letters that spell R-E-A-D, comprised of resin inlaid with recycled objects.
Framed: 
No
Length: 
43 inches
Width: 
6 inches
Height: 
21 1/2 inches
Description: 

Lehighton Letters is a series of works created for public libraries worldwide by found object sculptor Richard J. Hinger. Works from Lehighton Letters, named after the artists PA birthplace, are on exhibition in London, New York City, Paris, Washington D.C. and 60 other public libraries including the Central Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. This work is made from salvaged signage letters made with recycled objects like soda cans, toys, toothbrushes, and bottle caps inlaid in a resin material with a textured application. Hinger reflected on the project with the statement "Libraries are cultural centers, and it is very gratifying that my artworks can be viewed by all kinds of people through these libraries. My art tells stories that everyone can relate to in their own way. I hope it encourages reading, storytelling, recycling, and creativity while promoting an earth-friendly message". Hinger is a self-taught artist of 25 years whose environmental messages have inspired many people from diverse backgrounds. His Lehighton Letters series, in particular, has been met with positive responses from the libraries and the viewers, inciting interest in this new form of Eco-Sculpture.

Reproduce the Work in Library publications/publicity, including film or videotape: 
Yes
Make slides or videotapes for educational use: 
Yes
Permit the general public to photograph the work : 
Yes