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San Francisco supervisor plans support for George Lucas’ museum, which has a competing proposal in L.A.

San Francisco official backs Lucas’ proposed museum
Chinese architect Ma Yansong’s rendering of one version of George Lucas’ proposed Museum of Narrative Art, this one on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay. Lucas last week unveiled competing museum designs for properties in San Francisco and Los Angeles. 
(Lucas Museum of Narrative Art)

San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim plans to introduce a resolution supporting George Lucas’ proposal for a museum on Treasure Island, a campaign consultant confirmed Sunday.

The resolution, expected this week, touts the cultural and job opportunities the project would bring, as well as pointing out it’s cost: free and wholly funded by Lucas himself.

“She knows the benefits to her constituents and to the broader city in terms of jobs, revenues and bringing another cultural institution to San Francisco,” said Eric Jaye, Kim’s campaign consultant. 

The pending resolution is the latest round of a competition between city leaders in Los Angeles and San Francisco to land the long-delayed museum, which would display Lucas’ personal art collection, which includes works from Norman Rockwell and R. Crumb, as well as Hollywood and “Star Wars” memorabilia. 

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After withdrawing his proposal for a museum on the Chicago lakefront earlier this year, Lucas unveiled competing museum designs for properties in San Francisco and Los Angeles last week. 

The Los Angeles proposal calls for a sleek, space-ship like building in Exposition Park along Vermont Avenue, just south of a Metro Expo Line stop. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti has already expressed his support for the project. He told The Times that he didn’t anticipate significant political opposition from community leaders. 

The San Francisco proposal — already supported by Mayor Ed Lee — would land a similarly designed building on a parcel on Treasure Island. Virtually all visitors now reach the island via the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

Lease agreements for both properties have not been finalized. 

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Times Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne contributed to this report.

frank.shyong@latimes.com

Twitter: @frankshyong


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