Now that Star Wars creator George Lucas has given up on building a museum in Chicago and is looking again at bringing it to California, it also looks like its design will be different, even if slightly, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Last week, the Chicago Tribune quoted Lucas saying that he was abandoning plans to build the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on Lake Michigan's waterfront after running into legal resistance from Chicago activists. There was talk of Lucas considering Treasure Island as a site back in May, and now it looks like he will be choosing between there and Los Angeles, near the University of Southern California, his Alma Mater.
Over the weekend, Chronicle columnists Phil Matier and Andy Ross reported that if Lucas chooses to build the museum on Treasure Island, he would have it redesigned to allow for views of the San Francisco Bay.
“It’s quite iconic and still sculptural,” said one source connected to the planning for a possible San Francisco museum. However, unlike the largely windowless structure that Lucas hoped to build by Lake Michigan, a Treasure Island museum would be designed to give visitors sweeping views of the bay and city, said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity because the process is still in the early stages.
Deirdre Hussey, a spokesperson for San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, said on Friday that Lee's office and some supervisors “are working closely with the Lucas team to have a home for his world-class collection on Treasure Island.”