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George Lucas’ $1 billion museum to open in LA’s Exposition Park

Los Angeles will be the home of George Lucas’ $1 billion Museum of Narrative Art. The Board of Directors announced that the museum will be built in LA’s Exposition Park, near schools and universities.

San Francisco and Los Angeles both wanted to become the home of the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. The Board of Directors finally announced the location for the reported $1billion project. It was a difficult conclusion for the Directors as both cities offered their full support for the construction.

“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,” the Board of Directors said in a public statement.

The Board settled on Los Angeles as Exposition Park offers best location to serve the purposes of the Museum, near schools and universities.

“South Los Angeles’s Promise Zone best positions the museum to have the greatest impact on the broader community, fulfilling our goal of inspiring, engaging and educating a broad and diverse visitorship,” the statement also said.

The announcement was met with enthusiasm by LA’s mayor Eric Garcetti that pointed out that this will not be a Star Wars museum.

“L.A. is gaining a new jewel with the breathtaking Lucas Museum of Narrative Art — and its presence here means that a day at Exposition Park will soon bring unrivaled opportunities to be immersed in stories told on canvas and celluloid, be moved by the richness of African-American history and expression, be awed by the wonders of science and the natural world, take a journey to the world of space exploration, and sit in the stands for a world-class sporting event,” Garcetti pointed out in his public statement.

The museum will feature an area dedicated to the history of narrative art, containing traditional paintings by Edgar Degas, Winslow Homer and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, as well as a broad range of illustration, children’s art, comic art and photography from many periods and cultures. Other rooms will explores all facets of cinematic art and its design processes, including concept art, storyboards, set design, props, costume and fashion, animation and visual effects.

Digital Art will also be represented featuring new technologies and media from digital cinema to digital architecture, bringing together works by artists such as Andy Warhol, Zaha Hadid and Pixar Animation.

The building will have an underground parking of approximately 1800 vehicles and will add approximately 6 to 7 acres of green space. The interior is estimated at 265,000 square feet to 275,000 square feet with galleries covering almost a half of the space.

The museum will feature digital classrooms, conference rooms, a fine dinning restaurant, lecture halls and a 4,200 square-foot drop-in library. The design of the building was made by Ma Yansong of MAD Architects from Beijing.

Sylvia Jacob