TOGETHERNESS TRAIL

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.

 

To create the “puzzled” rings, which are used in about two thirds of the rings, Langsam held workshops throughout the community and worked with different organizations to give the public the opportunity to participate in the creation of the project. 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. 

 

Togetherness Trail was commissioned by Summit Public Art and Summit Parkline Foundation.

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2020 SARAH LANGSAM