After many years of searching, “Star Wars” creator George Lucas’s museum has finally found its home: Los Angeles; the project’s directors and the city of Los Angeles announced on Tuesday. The museum is targetting a May 4, 2020, launch, according to LA Mayor Eric Garcetti.
In 2014, it was announced that Lucas would build the 275,000-square-foot museum in Chicago, home to Lucas’ wife Mellody Hobson. A few years later the decision came down between choosing Los Angeles or San Francisco.
For LA, this is another high profile project to be built in its booming architectural landscape, and its expected to provide new jobs as Lucas is expected to spend $1 billion to the construction of the museum.
“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.”
The museum will be built in Exposition Park, near other museums such as the California Science Center and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, while across the street is the the University of Southern California, where Lucas is an alumnus to its film school.
He is planning to finance the project and has been trying to build the museum for almost a decade.
According to lucasmuseum.org, the collection will be a process of continuous expansion, and will focus on “three lenses”: The History of Narrative Art, The Art of Cinema, and Digital Art, which features various digital art form categories such as cinema, illustration, fine art, sculpture, and architecture. The museum plans to complete its new building and open its doors by 2021.