George Lucas is building his own museum in Los Angeles
Following nearly a decade of talks and plans, and months of intense rivalry between Los Angeles and San Francisco, it's been decided that the George Lucas' Museum of Narrative Art will take shape in the sprawling Californian city.
"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. Settling on a location proved to be an extremely difficult decision precisely because of the desirability of both sites and cities," said the board of directors in a press statement.
George has good reasons to choose either city; he is an alumnus of the film school at the University of Southern California and he has also lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for most of his life.
The Exposition Park location was chosen because "[it has] the greatest impact on the broader community, fulfilling our goal of inspiring, engaging and educating a broad and diverse visitorship". It was reported that the filmmaker has been trying to build the museum for nearly 10 years and he is financing the project himself with an allocation of $1 billion (RM4.5bn).
The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is set to feature George's work and huge art collection that includes Star Wars memorabilia, costumes from The Wizard of Oz and some 40,000 paintings, illustrations and film-related items.