“Star Wars” creator George Lucas’ proposed Museum of Narrative Art is one step closer to reality. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art just found a home in Los Angeles, though San Francisco was also considered. The two cities have been at odds for months now, each vying for the right to house Lucas’ substantial collection of paintings, illustrations and memorabilia, though Los Angeles ultimately won the day.
The news was announced by the museum’s board of directors. According to a press release, the board decided on Los Angeles due to the museum’s proposed location in Exposition Park, an area that best serves the community due to its central location. The proposed San Francisco location would have seen the museum erected on Treasure Island.
While the museum is no doubt a boon to the Los Angeles community, it is also a massive job-maker, predicted to bring in a slew of construction jobs during its creation and, eventually, permanent employment at the museum itself. According to the report, Lucas has committed to funding the museum’s $1 billion price tag on his own, in addition to a $400 million endowment.
“People will visit from around the world to see the original Darth Vader mask and Norman Rockwell paintings,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti.
The museum will showcase Lucas’ art collection, which boasts 10,000 paintings and illustrations. The gallery includes work by famed artists like Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth and R. Crumb. Of course, the collection will feature a healthy helping of Hollywood memorabilia — such as items from Lucas’ own “Star Wars” franchise.
There’s just one final step to take before the museum can start construction. The “Star Wars” creator and his board need to decide on a design. The latest is a futuristic concept by Ma Yansong, a Chinese architect. Though they are still shopping for a design, the museum board has some lofty goals, claiming the facility will feature digital classrooms, production quality editing resources and a 4,200-square foot library, and that’s not even counting the show floor.
There’s no clear date for when the museum will break ground. For now: Patience we must have, young museum goer.
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