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The Genius Behind 'Star Wars' Plans to Put Up a Museum in L.A.

The force is with the City of Stars, which the filmmaker just selected for his $1 billion museum.
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George Lucas is funding a $1 billion project that will have film buffs rejoicing—but this time it's in a galaxy of Hollywood stars, not too far away.

After failed attempts to position his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in several cities, the esteemed filmmaker turned to Los Angeles, where local politicians gladly welcomed the proposal. The futuristic-designed museum, set to be completed in 2021, will be built in Exposition Park, just steps away from his alma mater, USC.

"The goal of the Museum is to house a collection that tells stories from many places and times—some you will recognize, others that will become new favorite tales," the museum's website reads.

The Star Wars visionary first pitched his idea to city leaders in San Francisco, but the proposal to build in the Bay Area's Presidio Park ran into opposition. Incidentally, his plans for Chicago faced roadblocks as well. Local environmental activists lobbied against the planned site for the museum, arguing its placement close to Lake Michigan would tarnish green space near the shoreline.


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Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts (Chicago) Rendering

Lucas shifted focus to the City of Angels, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garetti pushed local lawmakers to endorse it.

"It's a natural place to have this museum in the creative capital of the world and in the geographic center of the city," Garcetti told the Los Angeles Times. "It's a banner day for L.A."

Housing more than 40,000 paintings, the museum will feature pieces from Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth, and R. Crumb. It will also spotlight film-related items from classics including Dumbo, Ten Commandments, ET, and, of course, his epic Star Wars series.


Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts Los Angeles

As for the epic starship's design? Ma Yansong, principal at MAD Architects, first imagined the building as a serpentine-like structure that lifted galleries off the ground, allowing pedestrians to stroll beneath its volume.

Besides the museum being one of the few places where you can view a Rockwell adjacent to a vintage lightsaber, the undertaking is estimated to create thousands of jobs in L.A.

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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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