Perhaps its fitting that the same mind that dreamed up Cloud City should choose the City of Angels for the host city of his new museum.
“Star Wars” creator George Lucas has chosen Los Angeles over San Francisco to be the host city of his planned Museum of Narrative Art, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The museum will be built in Exposition Park, erected where two parking lots currently sit, according to a fact sheet at the museum’s official website. Parking will be shifted to an underground garage holding about 1,800 vehicles, and 6 or 7 acres of “added green space” are envisioned in the site plan.
Initially, Chicago had been a third contender for the host city, but opposition by local activists scuttled the Windy City’s bid, THR explained in its story Tuesday.
Reveling in the decision, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said, “Do or do not — there is no try,” quoting Yoda from the “Star Wars” movies. “Today, we did it,” he added, reported THR.
The mayor went on to emphasize Mr. Lucas’s museum is much broader than the “Star Wars” canon.
“This is a collection of narrative art in a city that has the best storytellers and storymakers in the world,” said Mr. Garcetti of the planned Museum of Narrative Art.
According to its official website, the Museum of Narrative Art pledges to “be a barrier free museum where artificial divisions between ‘high’ art and ‘popular’ art are absent, allowing you to explore a wide array of compelling visual storytelling.”
Although the $1 billion museum will be much broader than “Star Wars,” even the scheduled opening date seems a bit of a wink and nod at the iconic sci-fi franchise, falling on May 4, 2020, or “Star Wars Day” (“May the Fourth be with you …”) as fans celebrate it worldwide.