Denver, Colorado: Soundwalk

Grates embedded in the sidewalks of a downtown Denver street broadcast sounds that make you think that you're walking above a subway, or perhaps subterranean chickens. It's art!
Curtis St., Denver, CO
Downtown, on Curtis St. between 15th and 16th Sts. Eight blocks north of US 40/Colfax Ave., and about a mile east of I-25 exit 210A.
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They work. But the sounds are timed. Ocean waves. Engines. Cows-pigs! Subway cars! be patient and listen. Very cool. On Curtis between 15-16, opposite Sam 3.

[Suzanne, 09/12/2017]



Working! :)

[Nancy, 07/09/2014]

Glad to hear it! This is one of those attractions where visitors risk arriving when it is awaiting repair/restart, or it may have "quiet" hours. And someday the surface populace will grow weary of subterranean chickens.


As far as I could tell they no longer work. :-(

[Shannon, 04/25/2014]

May 22, 2014: Alex reports that they are working "as of tonight."

Soundwalk - fake subway grates exude audio.


3 working.

[Scott Morabito, 08/25/2010]

The Soundwalk aural installation is a series of ventilation grates issuing recorded sounds from below the street. Considering the usual fate of any continuous public powered performance, three still operating ain't bad!


Walk along this stretch of sidewalk and you may hear a subway under Denver's streets (there is no subway in Denver), or cows below ground, or even chickens. There is a series of grates along the sidewalk here that are part of a sound installation by a Denver artist named Jim Green. The sounds apparently change over time.

[Laura Bloom, 11/23/2006]

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