By John Dodge
CHICAGO (CBS) — With news that the new George Lucas museum will be built in Chicago, the obvious question is: what will go in it?
Planners say the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will focus on digital design, filmmaking, animation, and his love of art, especially Norman Rockwell.
Seems like this Lego recreation of the famous Star Wars cast shot would be nice to include.
It features the cast in Lego’s classic mini figure form all sitting around in a circle reading the script from Star Wars Episode VII
Lego is celebrating it’s 15th anniversary of Lego Star Wars and will be producing new sets later this summer.
As part of the city’s Museum Campus, the Lucas Museum is scheduled to open in 2018 and will replace the parking lot between Soldier Field and McCormick Place.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel told reporters on Tuesday this is a “tremendous opportunity” for the city.
“No other major American city has these types of cultural and educational institutions with a great Northerly Island creating a vibrant, green museum campus unparalleled in the United States,” said Emanuel.
The “Star Wars” creator picked Chicago over Los Angeles and San Francisco.
“We are honored to be partnering with the city of Chicago and the many cultural, educational and community groups that have come forward with ideas about how the LMNA [Lucas Museum of Narrative Art] will add to their vibrant work,” said George Lucas in a statement. “I am humbled to be joining such an extraordinary museum community and to be creating the museum in a city that has a long tradition of embracing the arts.”
The museum will feature the film-maker’s collection of art and movie memorabilia.
Last year, Lucas married Chicago native and investment guru Mellody Hobson, and now has a second home here.
“Before George Lucas made the films that he made, we couldn’t even imagine those kinds of films. So that’s how I like to think about the way this museum is going to be. I don’t think we can imagine the kind of museum he’s going to make,” said Gillian Darlow, who served as a co-chair for the city’s museum task force.
Not everyone is thrilled with the prospect of the museum being built on the lakefront. Friends of the Parks outreach director Maria Stone says “Friends of the Parks will not support any building on park land.”
The group says it welcomes the Lucas museum to Chicago, but asserts it doesn’t belong on the shore of Lake Michigan.
2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti says there may be a legal challenge to the location.
“I think it’s clear that the Lakefront Protection Ordinance specifically says that in no instance will further private development be permitted east of Lake Shore Drive,” said Fioretti.