Chicagoans Question Design, Location of Lucas Museum

Artist's rendering of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.
Artist's rendering of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.
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Architect's renderings of the planned Lucas Museum of Narrative Art are not winning much support for the project in Chicago.

A 17-acre site on Chicago's lakefront was handed over by the city to filmmaker George Lucas to build his museum.

Now, critics are pointing to a desire to protect the coveted land on Lake Michigan's shore, amid the unveiling of initial drawings of the building concept by architect Ma Yansong. His concept for the building is four times the size of one proposed by Lucas in his bid for a San Francisco site.

"Voila — Mount Lucas!" Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin wrote on Friday. "This is the Temple of George, a monument to its patron rather than a modest addition to a democratic public space."

Vulture took the building criticism further, wirting that the Star Wars creator's museum looks like a "sainted Jabba the Hut."

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