Star Wars creator George Lucas was accompanied by local officials Wednesday for the groundbreaking ceremony at the future location for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts in Exposition Park.
The new venture will cost an approximate $1.5-billion. The building will be five stories tall and will feature works from painters like Edgar Degas, Winslow Homer and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Along with some paintings, there will also be illustrations, comic art and photography from the likes of Norman Rockwell. You can also expect to see storyboards, props and other cool knickknacks from memorable films.
At the ceremony, Mellody Hobson, Lucas’s wife, thanked those in power like Mayor Eric Garcetti for their commitment “like a dog with a bone” to make the museum a reality in Los Angeles.
Garcetti, who also spoke, welcomed the couple to Los Angeles, although they reside in the Bay Area.
Lucas, who graduated from USC’s film school, called his vision of the 300,000-square-foot museum one that emphasizes the art of visual storytelling.
“Narrative art has always been popular because the patron wants everybody to see it,” he said, addressing guests who included fellow director Steven Spielberg. “The patron wants to tell the people what the story is, so they can glue themselves together. So when he states, ‘Come on, we’re going to go fight a war,’ they’ll all join in and fight.
“So I think the ‘popular’ part of it is very important,” Lucas said.
The new museum will be constructed near the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Science Center. Construction may be completed in 2021.