Drake is putting in $100 million USD to restore Luna Luna, a defunct amusement park in Hamburg, Germany that features work from the likes of Salvador Dali, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, David Hockney and Roy Lichtenstein.
In a recent interview with The New York Times, Viennese artist and Luna Luna founder André Heller explained that the amusement park briefly opened in Hamburg in 1987 but was shut down for good after several issues, including the falling out of a purchase contract with the city of Vienna and the cancellation of a European tour . Heller eventually sold Luna Luna for $6 million USD in 1990 to the Stephen and Mary Birch Foundation, only to be met with even more legal problems that eventually forced a delay in the acquisition. When it was finally purchased after years of litigation, the park was locked up in the Texas desert for 15 years until Drake and his DreamCrew showed interest in the project.
Michael Goldberg, creative director and founder of Something Special Studios, shared that he discovered the history of Luna Luna online and reached out to DreamCrew about the project. “Within a 30-second conversation of ‘this existed,’ we were all in,” Anthony Gonzalez, DreamCrew partner and the chief executive of Luna Luna, said.
“When I first heard about Luna Luna, I was blown away,” Drake added in a statement. “It’s such a unique and special way to experience art. This is a big idea and opportunity that centers around what we love most: bringing people together.”
A documentary of the restoration is currently in the works, and Luna Luna will tour North America upon restoration.
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