It looks like the battle for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum is going to come down to a cage match between Chicago and San Francisco. Okay, maybe that won’t be the case – but the competition is pretty tight. San Francisco fell behind Chicago as the prospective home for the museum after several proposals from George Lucas were turned down by the group that oversees The Presidio, the location Lucas originally desired.
Last week, a task force assembled by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel suggested the museum campus on Lake Michigan as a possible home for the museum. San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee has now offered a waterfront location near the Bay Bridge. The site was being eyed by the Golden State Warriors basketball team, but that plan fell through. The publicly owned site is worth $30 million.
When asked for a comment, a representative for Lucas had this to say:
“We’ll have no further comment until both cities have made their presentations to the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum,” David Perry, a spokesman for Lucas, said in an email.
The interactive museum would house Lucas’ vast art collection, along with original Star Wars memorabilia and props. The filmmaker is prepared to invest $300 million toward the project, along with a $400 million endowment in the event of his death.
The Lucas Cultural Arts Museum has released a new video that provides an excellent overview of what to expect from the museum:Powered by Sidelines