The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles will cater to Star Wars fans, and beyond
It is the Star Wars franchise that made George Lucas a billionaire many times over. A filmmaker in the league of Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese, Lucas has made a fortune telling imaginative stories.
Earlier this month, Lucas announced that he had begun construction on a $1 billion story-telling museum located near the University of South California in Los Angeles. It was at this university where Lucas studied filmmaking.Beijing’s MAD Architects have been commissioned to work on the project. The interiors include 100,000 square feet of gallery space. Transparent tube elevators will whisk guests through the white ceiling.Star Wars fans, rejoice. The non-profit museum will house some of the Lucas’ original illustrations, digital art, costume sketches, set designs and paintings from the Star Wars Franchise giving visitors a behind-the-scenes peek into the genius and creative process in drawing up one of the world’s most successful sci-fi movie franchises.Many of the items currently in George and his wife Mellody Hobson’s private collection, will go on public display at the museum. This includes Luke Skywalker’s first light sabre and Darth Vader’s helmet from Star Wars and other memorabilia from Casablanca, The Ten Commandments and The Wizard of Oz.
The museum will also have pop art, animation art as well as comic and digital art. The work of artists like Renoir, Winslow Homer and Norman Rockwell will all be a part of the collection at the museum. It will also feature a restaurant, theatres, classrooms, lecture halls and a public research library thereby serving as an educational and recreational space. The museum is surrounded by an 11-acre park landscaped by Studio MLA architects.Initially, Lucas intended to build the museum in San Francisco and then in Chicago. But after being met with lawsuits and protests in those locations, he shifted the site to Los Angeles. The LA mayor Eric Garcetti welcomed the museum and called it “one of the boldest pieces of architecture we’ve seen in the world.” The construction of the museum is being funded by Lucas himself and is expected to be ready by 2021.