What started as a simple idea back in 2014, is known as an evergreen community project of self-donated trophies, medals, and ribbons celebrating the success of estranged Bostonians. An anonymous man noticed that the underway in Kendall Square of the “salt n’ peppah” Longfellow Bridge perfectly resembled a shelving unit. He decided to store a few trophies under the bridge and other Bostonians quickly followed to display their trophies and medals alongside.
The underway quickly became a unique public display of shiny metal art for trophies that otherwise would have picked up dust in storage boxes. The very first trophies to line the underpass “shelves” were vintage gold and silver bowling trophies that were going to the dump.
Today, hundreds of trophies and medals, from Boston Marathon unicorns to shiny 2-foot-tall Baseball State Champion awards create a full “hall of fame” for pedestrians to enjoy. The project is so special that it was preserved and returned even after the complete Longfellow Bridge remodeling and reconstruction project that ran from 2013 and was completed in 2018.
Where to find the trophies under Longfellow Bridge?
Thousands of commuters travel over Longfellow Bridge on the daily, yet many are unaware of this hidden treasure of Boston community. The display hides under the steps of Longfellow Bridge at the furthest end on Cambridge side!