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Togetherness Trail

Submitted by Sarah Langsam

Client: Summit Public Art and Summit Park Line Foundation

Location: Summit, NJ, United States

Completion date: 2019

Artwork budget: $9,000

Project Team


Sarah Langsam

Sarah Langsam

Art Selection Committee Co-Chair

Debi Schwarzmann

Summit Public Art


Robert Rubino

Summit Park Line Foundation


This site-specific installation, runs over 600 feet in length, along The Parkline hiking trail in Summit, NJ. Its visibility from the street at a major intersection makes a large impact on its immediate environment. The artwork, which is constructed from over 1500 of plywood rings that are intertwined with one another, gradates through all the colors of the rainbow; something that has become a symbol of diversity and acceptance in our society.

The rings running along the top of the installation feature wooden mosaics. Langsam held workshops throughout the community and with different organizations to give the public the opportunity to assemble their own wooden rings. Each ring is unique and representative of those individuals who made it and plays an important part in supporting the project as a whole. This duality celebrates individuality while also championing unity and togetherness.

The rings hang from a railing built in a similar fashion; thousands of fallen branches from the adjacent woods are repurposed and intertwined to form a unified whole. This installation speaks out against the hate and division we see around us and, instead, strives to promote love and togetherness.

609’ x 3’
Natural wood & bark, plywood, branches


The Parkline Hiking Trail is a beautiful green space in the middle of a heavily trafficked area. However its entrance is not obvious, and many people don't know about it. A main goal was to bring more attention to the trail and Parkline project. Another goal was for the installation to give the trail a more cohesive and finished look.


This project involved the collaboration of countless numbers of people. I worked extensively with Summit Public Art and The Summit Parkline Foundation for about a year to bring this project to fruition. They first came to me, gave me some ideas of what they were looking for, and asked me submit a project. Once a project was approved by those two organizations it took multiple months to get the permits and permissions from the towns. From there I organized workshops where community members were able to come and help create the rings that hang in the installation. I also had assistants helping me cut rings and paint.