Monument Plaza was a large plaza on the populous ecumenopolis world of Coruscant. It was also the location of the planet's only uncovered mountain peak, Umate, the highest point of the Manarai range. The plaza had existed for millennia, moving upward level by level as the city-world built up.
Description[edit | edit source]
Monument Plaza was located on the ecumenopolis world of Coruscant. It was composed in a square and had four, large cone shaped statues which were lit around Umate, the planet's only uncovered mountain peak, in the center of the park. Shops and restaurants surrounded the plaza on all four sides, while citizens could touch the peak itself.
During the High Republic Era, the park was located on Level 5,216 and contained substantial greenery, designed as a reflection of what the area might have looked like before it had been built over.
History[edit | edit source]
During the Clone Wars, a series of conflicts between the Galactic Republic and the breakaway Confederacy of Independent Systems, Duchess Satine Kryze and Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi secretly met in Monument Plaza when she was being pursed by the Coruscant police after being framed for a murder she didn't commit. She gave Kenobi a holodisc with a recording to be played in front of the Senate that would vindicate her. Later in the conflict, during one of the mandatory blackouts following the Separatists' bombing of Coruscant's central power distribution grid, Senator Onaconda Farr was attacked in the plaza by two thugs in an attempt to deter him from opposing a bill that would approve the Republic's purchase of 5 million additional clone troopers. Later, Senator Padmé Amidala made a speech in front of the Senate which was broadcast in Monument Plaza in opposition of the bill.
During the Galactic Civil War, after the Galactic Empire's defeat by the Alliance to Restore the Republic at the Battle of Endor, a celebration took place in Monument Plaza to commemorate the demise of Emperor Sheev Palpatine. After a mob destroyed a statue of the Emperor, Coruscant Security Forces arrived at the plaza to restore order and opened fire on the crowd without warning, killing multiple civilians and transforming the celebration into a full-blown riot.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
- "In "The Duchess of Mandalore" [sic], the plaza area in this episode was something that I had wanted to see in Star Wars since I was a kid because I knew that it was a Ralph McQuarrie painting and knew that it was something that George would be okay with if we used it. Something about it seemed so futuristic and yet a galaxy far, far away. It really felt like Coruscant with these very bizarre towers and the big monument in the middle. I'm always happy when we can give Ralph a nod. He's been so important to the overall look of Star Wars. He's been such an inspiration to so many people on this show and there's nothing that I like more than bring to life some of his work."
- ―Dave Filoni on the inclusion of Monument Plaza in "Duchess of Mandalore"
Monument Plaza first appeared in the 1995 Star Wars Legends book The Illustrated Star Wars Universe, where it was portrayed in a drawing by Ralph McQuarrie and extrapolated on in text by Kevin J. Anderson. As some of the McQuarrie art used in this book was concept art from the Star Wars movies and other pieces were commissioned for the book, with whom the idea for Monument Plaza originated is unknown. It became canon when it appeared in the 1997 Special Edition version of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.
Monument Plaza's appearance in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series was based on several pieces of Ralph McQuarrie concept art. The plaza also included a large boulder at its center—a nod to a detail seen in McQuarrie's work suggesting the sole exposed mountain peak on Coruscant's covered surface. Some of the original design development of this monument looked to the actual boulder found on the road to Lucasfilm Animation's northern California headquarters. It is this boulder that gives the Big Rock campus of Skywalker Ranch its name.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- The High Republic: Light of the Jedi
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Duchess of Mandalore"
- Star Wars: Forces of Destiny – "The Padawan Path"
- Forces of Destiny: Daring Adventures: Volume 2
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Pursuit of Peace"
- Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi (First appearance) (Introduced in Special Edition)
- Aftermath (First identified as Monument Plaza)
Sources[edit | edit source]
- (Picture only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Complete Season Two
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
- Star Wars: Forces of Destiny: Meet the Heroes
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, Updated and Expanded
- Star Wars: The Galactic Explorer's Guide