Back in 2014, we reported that George Lucas was planning to build his “Lucas Film of Narrative Art” museum in his wife Mellody Hobson’s native Chicago, after considering sites in San Francisco and encountering community opposition. After facing opposition by Chicago’s “Friends of the Park” group, he has changed direction once again and will be building the home for his collection in Los Angeles.
The museum will be built in Exposition Park and will house Lucas’ personal collection of art, including many pieces of Star Wars memorabilia. Mayor Eric Garcetti said, “People will visit from around the world to see the original Darth Vader mask and Norman Rockwell paintings.” Lucas owns around “10,000 paintings and illustrations including works by Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth and R. Crumb.” He will fund the project up to $1 billion, which includes “building costs, his art and an endowment of at least $400 million.”
Garcetti said, “It feels like this incredible gift has come home. I always thought Los Angeles was the natural place to spread the vision of George Lucas and Mellody Hobson, to make art and creativity accessible and inspirational to the next generation. It’s a natural place to have this museum in the creative capital of the world and in the geographic center of the city. It’s a banner day for L.A.”
The museum will cover 275,000-square-feet and will create more than a thousand permanent jobs, plus tens of thousands while construction is taking place.
News source/concept art credit: Los Angeles Times