Stars Wars director and creator – George Lucas, is laying out plans to build a huge story telling museum in San Francisco. The museum would be completely dedicated to showcasing visual storytelling, and it would also house an art collection that the American film maker has himself collected over the last four decades.
In a recent interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Lucas spoke of his desire to exhibit his personal collection of populist art, that includes over 150 years worth of comics, illustrations by Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish, and even digital technology.
The director says that he no longer has the space at Skywalker Ranch, which is his home and workplace, situtated near Nicasio, California, in Marin County. And the entrepreneur now wants to donate up to $300 million of his own money to build the museum. He said in the interview: “At this scale, there’s nothing that has ever been done like this.”
So far the 69 year old director has submitted a 20-page proposal to the Presidio Trust, this is the governing body who will decide which project will take over the land of the former commissary site in the Crissy Field District of the Presidio. His is one of 16 bids put forward so far, and those who are interested can view all 16 on this page here – .
Lucas grew up in a town called Modesto, California, where his first loves were racing cars, but an accident put a stop to that, and then he obsessed with visual art, and was often seen visiting the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in Golden Gate Park. Dreaming of becoming an illustrator in his early years, he transferred to the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and became good friends with fellow acclaimed student filmmaker and future Indiana Jones collaborator, Steven Spielberg.
The rest is cinematic history. Lucas has promised to invest $400 million endowment if his bid for the museum is accepted and another when he dies, and it already looks as if he may be in with a good chance, as in December, Disney acquired Lucasfilm Ltd., which is already housed in the Presidio.
He has a bit of a wait however, before the winning bid is announced, as Craig Middleton, the trust’s executive director, said that the finalists will be announced in April 2013 and a final decision will be made later on this year or the next.
“The proposals are imaginative and creative and speak to the site, which inspired people to think big,” Middleton said. “We’re very excited at George Lucas being one of them.”