The “Star Wars” creator wants to establish the museum in order to display his state-of-the-art media and movie memorabilia, according to the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum’s website.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Garcetti would like the museum in South Los Angeles’ Exposition Park alongside other Los Angeles museums the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Science Center. The area is also located blocks away from the University of Southern California campus, which houses the School of Cinematic Arts – a structure that Lucas, a USC alum, helped re-design and significantly financed in 2009.
According to a spokesperson for Garcetti, if the city is selected, the indoor Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena would be knocked down to create space for the new museum.
Politicians from San Francisco and Chicago are also campaigning for the museum to be built in their cities.
The Tribune adds that, in addition to sending a letter to Lucas’ home in Chicago, Garcetti has transformed this into a multimedia campaign. He is encouraging Angelenos to use the hashtag #WhyLucasInLA, explaining their reasoning for bringing the museum to Southern California. He has been sharing some of them (and his own) on his website and on his personal social media pages: