Los Angeles gives go-ahead to George Lucas’s Museum of Narrative Art


The Los Angeles approved an environmental study and other steps which will allow George Lucas to build his Museum of Narrative Art within the next few years.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles city council approved requirements for building the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

Before it could be built on, the proposed site of the museum underwent an environmental study as well as other requirements. Now that such preliminaries are dealt with, construction on the museum can begin. According to Associated Press, officials hope construction will start sometime this year and be completed by 2021. The museum is to be located in Exposition Park, which is near the University of Southern California (George Lucas’s alma mater, incidentally).

Concept art. Image Credit: Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

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Founded and funded by Lucas, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will present “an insider’s perspective on the cinematic creative process and the boundless potential of the digital medium.” The focus of the museum is, as evidenced by its name, narrative art. Narrative art encompasses all visual mediums which tell a story. The museum will not just display video clips from Star Wars, then. It will also showcase “narrative painting, illustration, photography, film, animation and digital art.”

Lucas initially wanted the museum built in Chicago. Unfortunately for the citizens of Chicago, conservationists objected to the proposed building’s impact on the chosen location. Fortunately for the citizens of Los Angeles, however, the LA city council stepped in and offered up their city for the museum’s home. I couldn’t be happier that they did. George Lucas is an amazing filmmaker, and narrative art is his forte. I can’t wait to see what he does inside that gorgeous edifice in the concept art above.

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Editor’s note: This article originally stated that the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art building site still needed to undergo an environmental impact study as well as meet other requirements before construction on the museum could begin. This error was changed to say that the LA city council already approved requirements such as the environmental impact study, thus allowing construction on the museum to begin in the near future.