Ground has been broken on $1bn Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, a future art museum project located at Exposition Park in South Los Angeles, California.
The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by the museum’s co-founders George Lucas and Mellody Hobson along with its board of directors, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles City Council member Curren Price.
Lucas said: “The focus of the Museum is to open up people’s imaginations and inspire them to dream beyond what is considered possible.
“Narrative art and storytelling stirs our emotions, shapes our aspirations as a society, and is the glue that binds us together around our common beliefs.”
The museum will allow the people from different backgrounds to experience the power of narrative art across all mediums, including painting, illustration, comic art, photography, film, animation and digital art.
Designed by Ma Yansong of MAD Architects, the 300,000ft2 non-profit museum will feature collection galleries and exhibition spaces displaying original works of art from renowned artists, latest digital technologies and daily film screenings in two theatres.
The 21st century cultural destination will also offer educational opportunities with hands-on and digital classrooms and a free public research library for educators, scholars and students.
Hobson said: “Our goal is to create the world’s most inclusive and accessible art museum - a place that brings together people from every walk of life.
“We are excited to call Exposition Park home, surrounded by more than 100 elementary and high schools, one of the country’s leading universities, as well as three other world-class museums.”
Furthermore, the project will include the transformation of a series of asphalt parking lots into a museum surrounded by 11 acres of new park land and gardens designed by local design firm Studio-MLA.
Work on the project will commence immediately and is expected to be completed by late 2021.