Plans approved for Los Angeles arts museum

Los Angeles officials have cleared the way for Star Wars creator George Lucas to build a $1.5 billion Museum of Narrative Art just down the road from his alma mater.

The city council unanimously greenlit the Lucas family's project to begin construction soon. The approved site at Exposition Park, in southern Los Angeles, is close to the University of Southern California, where Lucas studied film.

Besides Star Wars memorabilia and movie props, the museum will host interactive exhibitions and a vast collection of narrative art, from Maxfield Parrish to Norman Rockwell paintings.

Hobson said: "When George and I got first married...he said to me, 'Mellody, don't spit in the ocean".

At a press conference after Tuesday's council vote, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said Exposition Park will become "a new destination all over again".

Lucas initially considered bringing the $1.5 billion project to either San Francisco or Chicago. "That's where I learned movies".

The big project hopes to break ground by the end of this year. "That's where I learned my craft, that's where I basically started my career".

The Lucas-Steven Spielberg "Indiana Jones" films also will be represented. "The whole point of this museum is to stimulate the imagination...to open eyes to the possibilities of creating art", Lucas has said.

Are you excited about the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art finally being built?

The Museum of Narrative Art was originally pitched to San Francisco and Chicago, but both cities declined. Designed by Ma Yansong of MAD Architects, the impressive building is described as "spaceship-like". The museum will sit along Vermont Avenue, between Martin Luther King Jr.

Other museum amenities include: two state-of-the-art cinema theatres, an education center with hands-on and digital classrooms, a public research library, a café and restaurant, and a museum store. The building itself looks like a starship landed in the middle of USC property, and includes some eco-friendly aspects like a small park on the roof.


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