George Lucas Museum Approved by LA City Council

Plans for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art were unanimously approved by the Los Angeles City Council Tuesday ending the project's long wait for a home. The design is by Beijing-based firm MAD Architects

Plans for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art were unanimously approved by the Los Angeles City Council Tuesday ending the project's long wait for a home. The design is by Beijing-based firm MAD Architects

Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, spoke with the LA city council today about the creation of a Museum of Narrative Art.

Lucas added: "We've come here to join the other museums in Los Angeles, to be a partner in making Los Angeles a museum city".

"The goal of the museum is to inspire people to think outside the box and imagine whatever you want to imagine, to help build in the midst of our city and our people together and that's what I am hoping we are able to do here", George Lucas said. Considering how much of a mess the Chicago project turned into, buttering up the city seems like it was a solid strategy.

The museum, expected to open in 2021, is themed around the art of storytelling and will feature everything from cave paintings to "Star Wars" memorabilia.

Submit your Newswire tips here. (Courtesy MAD Architects) The museum will occupy the site of a current parking lot and will contain a theatre and exhibition spaces along its ground floors. "It is also the most popular form of art. Tracing the arc of narrative art reveals how culture is created, reinforced, and the compelled to evolve", Lucas said. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called the museum a "new jewel that will be at the center of the crown".

Lucas will be donating all of the art and paying for the museum's construction in what has been billed the largest philanthropic gift to an American city in the 21st century. Lucas considered both the L.A. proposal, which in Exposition Park will be near his alma matter of USC, and San Francisco, where he has strong connections after growing up in Modesto and living in the Bay Area for decades. The collection includes items from the "Star Wars" franchise, including Darth Vader's original mask and the first lightsaber used by Luke Skywalker. Not only that, but other movie paraphernalia are confirmed to be part of the collection as well.

"Narrative is one of the oldest and most important impulses in art". 'I think it's going to be a clear slam dunk'. "We invite you to experience those stories with us".

Its directors claim they will change the way people see museums with their cutting-edge technology, educational opportunities for all ages, and daily film screenings.

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