George Lucas has submitted a proposal to build an art museum in the Presidio of San Francisco. In his proposal for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, Lucas says he will pay for the entire project and estimates that the museum will cost between $250 and $300 million to build. ”I don’t have enough walls, which is why I want to build a museum,” Lucas joked to SFGate, explaining that the museum would house his immense collection of illustrations, including those from Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth, and Maxfield Parrish, as well as comics, fashion, cinema, and technology. Lucas’ proposal, one of sixteen hopefuls, is being reviewed by the Presidio Trust. Finalists will be announced in April.
The Lucas Cultural Arts Museum will be a center highlighting populist art from some of the great illustrators of the last 150 years through today’s digital art used to create animated and live-action movies, visual effects, props and sketches. They’re all united by their ability to capture our shared cultural story—from Rockwell’s pencil sketches to computer generated moving images. More than just exhibiting illustration and technological innovation, this cross-section of art can help to describe and define our culture—its past, present, and future. It provides a unique way to see what’s emotionally important to us as a society and how we communicate those feelings without words. The best way to truly understand art is to experience it.