Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Lucas museum is coming to Los Angeles

Lucas museum is coming to Los Angeles

Back in January, George Lucas' $1 billion museum found its home in Los Angeles after a series of bids and pitches between the city and its northern counterpart, San Francisco.

With the council's 14-0 vote on Tuesday and the expected approval from Garcetti, the project is anticipated to break ground at the end of this year, with construction of the museum itself beginning in early 2018.

The museum, which will feature space age architecture befitting the creator of the Star Wars universe, will be built at Exposition Park near University of Southern California.

Per the Los Angeles Times' art critic Christopher Knight (who's not a fan of the idea), the museum will include illustrations for magazines, posters and children's books by artists including Maxfield Parrish, Arthur Rackham, Beatrix Potter, Frank Adams and Norman Rockwell; a small group of paintings by Edgar Degas, Winslow Homer, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Everett Shinn and others; and lots of movie set designs, costumes and storyboards.

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Garcetti on Tuesday joined Lucas and the filmmaker's wife, Mellody Hobson, to hail the project and urge the council to approve it. Previous proposals to locate the museum in San Francisco, Lucas' hometown, and then later in Chicago, both failed. "Basically where I started my career was in school here".

"'Star Wars' was done on a lark to say I want to take adolescents, 12- year-olds, and let them think outside the box and say, forget everything they've told you". They said no. Mellody wanted to put it in her hometown.

Art often has the power to build myths, Lucas added, "whether it's to promote the church. whether it's to promote Napoleon on his giant horse".

The plan calls for a five-story building with 300,000 square feet of space for a cafe and restaurant, theaters, office space, lecture halls, a library, classrooms, exhibition space and landscaped open space.

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