Lucas’ Museum of Narrative Art has undergone almost as many twists and turns as a Hollywood script since its 2014 launch. However, skipping it scheduled for completion in 2021the ambitious, futuristic-looking building is now finally on track to open in 2025.
In short, the Lucas Museum is a passion project of the famous director George Lucas and his wife Melody Hobson. Designed by MAD Architects, it was originally conceived as a a bulbous volcano-like building designed for Chicago, then underwent multiple redesigns and legal disputes over its location earlier finally sat down in its current form at the Los Angeles Exposition Park.
While you could be forgiven for thinking it should look like some sort of spaceship from one of the Lucas films, the general design of the museum is as many of the MAD projectsinspired by nature – in this case, the surrounding landscape of the site.
It will be raised above the ground, creating a shaded space for visitors, and will be decorated with lush greenery, while the exterior walls will be finished with glass and more than 1,500 curved polymer panels reinforced with fiberglass. Its vast interior will span 300,000 square feet (almost 30,000 square meters) spread over five floors and will house extensive galleries, two theaters and dedicated spaces for learning and interaction, dining, retail and events.
The museum is located on a landscaped 11-acre (4.45 ha) campus, and the first of more than 200 planned trees are currently being planted. Other notable features include an amphitheater, a hanging garden and a pedestrian bridge.
It will also feature eco-friendly designs such as rainwater harvesting for all necessary irrigation and a large solar array to reduce its consumption on the grid.
Naturally, there will also be a treasure trove of artifacts inside. There is a collection reportedly estimated at US$400 million and will feature art from ancient to modern, from ancient ceramics to modern comics, film stills, architectural renderings by big names like Zaha Hadid and, of course, Star Wars ephemera.
“Watching all aspects of this new community resource take shape is exciting and energizing,” said Sandra Jackson-Dumont, CEO and director of the museum. “We believe that storytelling can bring us together and help shape a more just society. As a result, every element of this institution contributes to this idea – the site is one of the physical manifestations of this. The campus, with its iconic building and arched belly that creates a canopy, combined with more than 200 trees that take root in the park, together create another community gathering place with much-needed shade for our neighbors and others who will use the site.
“Another manifestation of this idea is the museum’s wonderfully evolving collection of narrative art, which shows multifaceted perspectives through the stories told by people throughout history. With these works, we hope to ignite a complex and nuanced conversation that can influence how people understand the world, but perhaps even what they choose to do in the world. We are very excited to share this significant progress, and I look forward to keeping the public informed as we move forward.”
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The ambitious George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is scheduled to open in 2025
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