The Berwyn Public Art Initiative (BPAI)

A community-driven initiative is seeking to revitalize Berwyn’s Historic Depot District through the public display of large art installations. The initiative seeks to use murals, sculptural objects, pop-up galleries, sidewalk planters, and artist live/work spaces to increase foot traffic, community pride, tourism, and business development in the under-utilized Depot District of Berwyn.
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WSMT Grant — Public Art Installation

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The City of Berwyn received approval from the West Suburban Mass Transit Agency to use $25,000 in station improvement grant funds for the purposes of public landscaping and art installations along the BNSF lines. The Berwyn Public Art Initiative was chosen by the City of Berwyn to facilitate the installation and management of this large scale public improvement project. The final step in qualifying for the use of the complete grant is to ensure that $12,500 is raised through community contributions ensuring that this is a community-driven effort. READ PRESS RELEASE
Artists looking to be included in the specific project along the BNSF rail lines should download the RFP and submit responses via email to

Completed Projects

Putting the there, there!
The Depot District functions in many ways as the center of community life in Berwyn. Adding vibrancy with Public Art is vital.
Working Together!
We believe it is critical have everyone in the community involved. Building relationships with the city, businesses, residents and artists is key.
Revitalizing the District!
Hosting events to celebrate the installations, using marketing and press coverage to promote and draw people to the Berwyn Depot District.

Want to submit your work?

The Curatorial Committee, part of the Berwyn Public Art Initiative (BPAI), is collecting artists’ submissions to consider for art projects in the Berwyn Depot District. All artists are encouraged to submit. Projects will include, mural installation, live painting, sculptural objects, yarn bombing, pop-up art shows and sales and much more. We also plan on featuring artists in social media to promote the local arts community. Note: This is a general submission. As specific opportunities develop a Request for Proposals (RFP) may be created.
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Want to get involved?

The initiative is building momentum and our organization is taking shape. We have an all volunteer board and need more volunteers to help during events, supporting artist during install, and join planning committees to work on outreach, business partnerships, fundraising, marketing and project curation.
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Even more than Murals

Additional efforts will focus on installing sculptural objects on the BNSF train platforms, creating pop-up galleries in empty storefronts, and developing artist live/work spaces to attract young creative professionals into the neighborhood.
We want to encourage foot traffic and make it easier for businesses to attract customers. Adding vibrancy through public art will encourage visitors to discover the neighborhood.

Cost Considerations for Mural Installation

Paints for outdoor murals cost around 90 cents a square foot. A 60’ x 60’ foot mural costs roughly $3,000 in paint; a 40’ x 40’ costs roughly $1,500; a 20’ x 20’ roughly $350.
Power washing and priming a wall adds years to the life of a mural. Power washing a wall cost roughly $500. Providing a fresh coat of primer can cost $500.
Because artists generally spend many hours conceiving and installing murals that add value to a community, artists receive a commission for their work. How large a commission generally depends on their level of experience, name recognition, and installation time. An installation on a world-famous building by a leading international artist can garner commissions in the six figures. Working with the artist to identify the appropriate fee is critical.
There’s almost always the right lift for the job. For some walls, a scissor lift can get to any surface. Other walls require an articulated lift to maneuver around corners or structures. A 135-foot lift can run to $10,000 a week, while a 20-foot scissor lift can be less than $500. A lift for a 60’ x 60’ wall can cost $2,500 in a week.
COIs are required for most installations to indemnify the wall owner, artist, and city for any liabilities in case of accidents. A COI generally costs $500 – $800 depending on the location and size of the wall.