George Lucas has chosen Los Angeles to house his $1 billion film museum.
Lucas previously unveiled two different designs for his proposed Museum of Narrative Art. The first museum design was for Exposition Park in LA, while the other is for San Francisco’s Treasure Island. Chicago was initially on the list. However, the plan was canceled in June after it faced opposition from the local preservation group, Friends of the Parks.
On Tuesday, the director/producer picked Los Angeles over San Francisco. “Now we turn our attention to finalizing the details and building what we believe will be one of the most imaginative and inclusive art museums in the world — a global destination that all Angelenos and Californians will be proud to call their own,” the statement of the Board of Directors of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art reads.
George Lucas is best known as the creator of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. He is the founder of Lucasfilm. He served as the head of the film production company before he sold it to The Walt Disney Company in 2012.
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The museum is set to feature pieces from the filmmaker’s personal collection, including about 10,000 paintings, illustrations, and other items. The collection also includes memorabilia from Star Wars and other Lucas films.
Chinese architect Ma Yansong made the futuristic design for the museum. It will be built next to the Natural History Museum, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and a museum of African-American history and art. It will cover seven acres and within walking distance of high schools including Lucas’s alma mater, University of Southern California.
The Hollywood Reporter wrote L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s supporters have said the museum will bring 1,500 construction jobs to the city in addition to 350 permanent jobs.
The $1 billion estimated cost of the project will bear almost entirely by George Lucas. The gift to LA comes along with the filmmaker’s extensive art collection and an endowment of at least $400 million. Garcetti said in American history, the museum is the largest gift a family gave to a city.
The construction of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is set to start this year and expected to complete in 2020.
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