George Lucas has chosen Los Angeles (sorry, San Francisco) as the home for the $1 billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which will feature his personal collection of memorabilia from Star Wars and elsewhere, The Hollywood Reporter and others report.
In deciding between Los Angeles and San Franciso, Lucas had plans made for two different designs, one for the former’s Exposition Park and one of the latter’s Treasure Island. Chicago was also an early option because legal trouble derailed any planning. The winning plan comes from Chinese architect Ma Yansong, which is so futuristic it wouldn’t look out of place in a galaxy far, far away or a Mass Effect game.
The museum’s board of directors made the decision official today and said this in a statement:
“After extensive due diligence and deliberation, the Board of Directors of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is pleased to announce plans to build the museum in Exposition Park in Los Angeles. We have been humbled by the overwhelmingly positive support we received from both San Francisco and Los Angeles during our selection process. Settling on a location proved to be an extremely difficult decision precisely because of the desirability of both sites and cities. “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.”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is holding a press conference on the development, which is touted by supporters to create 1,500 construction jobs and 350 permanent jobs, at 4:30 p.m. PST (7:30 p.m. EST).
This post will be updated as new information becomes available, which is looking like soon. Stay tuned!
(UPDATE: Garcetti thanks Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson for their choice, saying “they have a vision that museums should not be foreboding places, but should be welcoming.” He added “this is not a Star Wars museum” but “a collection of narrative art in a city that has the best storytellers and storymakers in the world. The best collection of Norman Rockwell paintings on Earth. Works from R. Crumb.”
“‘Do or do not — there is no try,’” Garcetti said, quoting Yoda. “Today, we did it.”)
Source: The Hollywood Reporter