Courtesy of MAD
Courtesy of MAD
L.A.’s Lucas Museum complex will feature 11 acres of parks and a rooftop green space.
Move over, Apple Mothership: George Lucas’s Museum of Narrative Art promises to be California’s spaciest edifice.
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There is good news for fans of narrative art, which may or may not involve warrior teddy bears from the forest moon of Endor. The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has broken ground in Exposition Park in Los Angeles, and it promises to be an impressive and unapologetic monument to the form.
Narrative art, as the museum’s namesake explains it, is art that tells a story, and that includes painting, illustration, photography, film, animation, and digital art. The museum will be a “barrier-free” space that mixes “high” and “popular” art without prejudice, so that you’re likely to find a Renoir next to some Garfield comics, Warhol’s films next to Pixar’s, and the original Star Wars trilogy juxtaposed with the inferior prequels.
Perhaps more impressive than the mission will be the building itself. The 300,000-square-foot building, designed by Ma Yansong of MAD Architects, will hover over a portion of the park like a giant space ship coming in to land. (Indeed, it looks like the love child of an Imperial Star Destroyer and a Nike Air Monarch, both of which are associated with Mr. Lucas.) Arches at ground level will allow Los Angelinos to walk along landscaped trails; 11 acres of gardens will replace two asphalt parking lots, and 2,425 parking spaces will move into an underground garage. Five levels up, the roof of the building will feature paths and greenery open to the air, although it is not yet officially known as the “Skywalk.”
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