Los Angeles Welcomes the George Lucas Collection.
Just a couple months ago, the L.A. Times confirmed the official site of George Lucas expansive art collection to be located in Exposition Park in southern Los Angeles. After months of debate between other locales, The LA council solidified these plans through a unanimous 14-0 vote for environmental planning and further details. The collection is speculated to be wildly expansive and entertaining, housing generations of different art.
Lucas spoke about the pleasure of having a Hollywood home to host his expansive art collection:
"For a very brief time I actually grew up here," said Lucas, who has a film degree from USC, which is just north of the park. "That's where I learned movies. That's where I learned my craft. Basically where I started my career was in school here."
- L.A. Times
The 1 $Billion Plan (with an additional $400 million endowment) has become the largest private gift to the city in its history according to Councilman Curren D. Price Jr.
-Courtesy Mayor Eric Garcetti @MayorOfLA
LA Times Art critic Christopher Knight reports, the collection will include inspiring illustrations from the likes of Maxfield Parrish, Arthur Rackham, Beatrix Potter, Frank Adams and Norman Rockwell. The collection will also include storyboards, costume prototypes and designs from the Star Wars Series. Not to mention, it will also include famous works of two of the most famous French Impressionists of the 19th century; Edgar Degas and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
The George Lucas Museum is a monumental project. It is a culmination of Art in various mediatypes in the epicenter of cultural creativity; Hollywood. This collection exudes a sense that it is tailored for the people, by the people. The successes of the Star Wars Franchise is now coupled with famous artists that capture a theatrical sensibility in their own right, such as Rockwell, Parrish, Renoir, and Degas. It also culminates a body of work that has been sought after and celebrated by the public for years. This collection will truly serve the tourist fraction of the community and its economy, and generate exponential revenue statewide, without being at the expense of the taxpayers. And above all, it brings a resurgence in arts and culture that has a multifaceted impact.
And crossing many genres of artistic style, the museum is projected to flourish for future generations to come, bringing people to the local parks and embracing future architecture best suited for environmental changes in the coming years. The construction is expected to conclude and open to the public in 2021. Another Hollywood chapter to an illustrious career of one Mr. George Lucas.
Courtesy of The Los Angeles Times and The Associated Press