Star Wars money to inspire young art fans

George Lucas is to found a museum dedicated to painting and digital design in San Francisco

George Lucas has decided to use some of the multi-billion dollar fortune he made last year selling Lucasfilm to Disney to open an art museum.

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Lucas, who started collecting artwork while still in film school, said that he hopes his museum will “inspire” young people to take an interest in art.

In addition to paintings, the museum will also showcase digital design and animation from some of Hollyood’s biggest films.

“This museum, if anything, is a dedication to cultural fantasy, Lucas told CBS News. “How do you design environments, how do you design sets, how do you design characters, how do you design costumes. 

“Part of the museum is designed to educate younger people into the idea of storytelling, into the idea of being able to paint your fantasies, which is what Star Wars was.”

The 68-year-old former filmmaker also revealed that, at one time, he’d harboured aspirations of becoming a professional artist himself.

“At one point, I wanted to become an illustrator,” he said. “My father said, ‘No way I’m going to pay for that…You’ll never make a living as an artist.’”

Lucas doesn’t currently have a specific location in mind for the museum but said that he plans to open it in San Francisco.

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Watch CBS’s interview with Lucas below: