Public Art Facts

Paint cost 90 cents per Square Foot of Mural

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.

Art Commission

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.

Equipment Cost

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.

Certificate of Insurance

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.