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Ground is being broken for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Exposition Park this morning. Construction is scheduled to be completed in late 2021, with no date yet set for when the museum will open to the public.
“Star Wars” creator George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson have privately funded the project with a gift of over $1 billion. That will cover the non-profit institution’s building costs, the value of Lucas’ vast art collection which it will display and an operating endowment which, among other things, will pay for new additions to the museum’s collection.
The Beijing-based architect Ma Yonsong-designed, appropriately spaceshippy building and 11 acres of new park and garden space are replacing parking lots in the park south of Downtown L.A., near the campus of Lucas’ alma mater, the University of Southern California. The museum’s five levels of approximately 300,000 square feet of interior space will provide about 125,000 square feet of gallery space for Lucas’ Degas, Norman Rockwell, Maynard Dixon, Robert Crumb, Frank Frazetta and hundreds of other fine and popular art pieces that express the many ways, throughout human history, that pictures can tell stories.
A night view rendering of George Lucas’ planned Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. (Courtesy Lucas Museum of Narrative Art)
Emphases will also be placed on photography, digital and, of course, cinematic art (and not only from “Star Wars”). The facility will feature two state-of-the-art movie theaters, restaurants, digital and editing classrooms and a free library.
With more than 100 schools in the vicinity, massive educational outreach programs are planned. The project is expected to generate around 1,500 construction and 350 permanent jobs. Built by Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company, efforts will be made to include local and diverse businesses in both the construction and operation of the facility, including women-, minority- and veteran-owned small businesses. Construction jobs will be provided to unionized area workers, and local and disadvantaged L.A. residents will be given employment and training opportunities.
The Lucases settled on L.A. for the site of their museum 14 months ago, following years of frustrating negotiations with the cities of Chicago and San Francisco.
“South Los Angeles’s Promise Zone [an urban poverty-fighting initiative] best positions the museum to have the greatest impact on the broader community, fulfilling our goal …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Latest News