San Anselmo George Lucas stood before hundreds of community members in downtown San Anselmo Thursday afternoon for the unveiling of a Yoda statue and the world’s first public life-size Indiana Jones statue.
After brief speeches and a dove releasing ceremony involving 18 local children, Lucas and San Anselmo Chamber CEO Connie Rodgers unveiled the bronze statues, the focal point inside a new 8,700-square-foot Imagination Park that was largely a gift from Lucas to the community.
Plaques on the statues’ fountain highlight when Indiana Jones and Star Wars were created in San Anselmo, in 1974 and 1973 respectively.
Lucas told the crowd he had always thought San Anselmo needed a central gathering place. See him speak in the above video about the significance of the statues.
Lucas donated the space to the San Ansemo Chamber of Commerce’s nonprofit foundation and paid for the park plans and demolition of the building formerly at the site, located at 535 San Anselmo Avenue. Now, it’ll be up to the community to pay for the creation and maintenance of the park.
Visit sananselmopark.org for more information about making donations.
The park was completed just in time for this weekend’s annual San Anselmo Art and Wine Festival.