Thursday, April 17, 2014

George Lucas Now Eyes Chicago for Art Museum - posted by FFAB

George Lucas Considers Chicago for Art Museum
10 April 2014 - by ArtfixDaily Staff 

Art collector and billionaire filmmaker George Lucas is looking at Chicago as a place to house his vast collection of fine art and movie memorabilia after plans for a museum in San Francisco's Presidio have faltered. 

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel is said to be creating a task force of community leaders to identify potential sites and a proposal is in the works for the Lucas museum.

Married to Chicago investment executive Mellody Hobson. Lucas is reported to be worth $5 billion. He has amassed a collection of American art, including many iconic works by Maxfield Parrish and Norman Rockwell.
"The city of Chicago has enthusiastically welcomed me and I consider Chicago to be my second home," Lucas said in a statement. "I look forward to working with community leaders to see if Chicago can become home to the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum."

Lucas had wanted a spot by Crissy Field in San Francisco's Presidio for his musuem, where it would overlook the bay and Golden Gate Bridge. The city rejected his offer, and others, and came up with another location within the Presidio, a national park, that Lucas is considering. 

Lucas has been wooed by Chicago's Emanuel in recent months along with other cities. He and Hobson have given $25 million each to local causes in Chicago in the past year.

Read the whole article here 

I'm glad Mr. Lucus wasn't approved for the space by Chrissy Field, the plans were all wrong. Interesting that no other places in San Fransisco were considered.  I wonder where he will finally land.  If Chicago doesn't work out there are plenty of great spots in South Florida he could consider! GL


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