Universal Studios Pulled Off An Amazing Diagon Alley, So Why Not A Whole City?
A group of British architects has launched a crowdfunding campaign in the hopes of raising almost £2 billion ($3.1 billion U.S. dollars) in order to build a lifesize replica of Lord of the Rings city Minas Tirith in the south of England.
If they manage to raise the sum within the 60 day limit, Tolkien fans will then have the chance to live or work in the creation, whose original version was laid siege to by the full forces of Mordor in The Return of the King.
The campaign’s leader, Jonathan Wilson, has estimated building costs of £15 million for land, £188 million for labour and £1.4 billion for materials. He explains the project on the campaign’s IndieGoGo page.
“We are an ambitious team of architects and structural engineers who are passionate about creating a beautiful, inspirational and fully-functioning replica of Peter Jackson’s depiction of Minas Tirith, as seen in his Lord of the Rings films,”
“We all share a love of Tolkien’s work, and a desire to challenge the common perception of community and architecture. We believe that, in realising Minas Tirith, we can create not only the most remarkable tourist attraction on the planet, but also a wonderfully unique place to live and work.”
Any money left over after the project is finished after 2023 will be used for “maintenance and public services” until 2053.
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Supporting this project isn’t without it’s perks. Contributions of $156,000 will earn you the titles of Lord or Lady of the City complete with a seat on the City’s Executive Committee (something like the City Council, one supposes). More humble contributions earn your name on a plaque or a night for 2 in the city once it’s built.
Check out all the details on their Indiegogo Campaign Page.
What do you think? Would you want to live, or at least visit, a real life Minas Tirith?