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Lehighton Letters is a series of works created for public libraries worldwide by found object sculptor Richard J. Hinger. Works from Lehighton Letters that he named after the artists Pennsylvania 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 and 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.