(From The Independent) An ambitious group of architects have launched a crowdfunding campaign in the hope of building a lifesize replica of Lord of the Rings city Minas Tirith, the heavily-fortified capital of Gondor.
Jonathan Wilson and his colleagues are “fully aware of the scale of [their] ambition,” and are seeking £1.85 billion for the project, which would be divided for land, labour and materials.
The campaign has a multi-tiered reward system, with investors who cough up large amounts getting their own houses in the city and even being declared Lord or Lady of it with use of a horse-drawn carriage.
Sadly it might be a bit of a pipe-dream though, as they only have 60 days to raise the funds.
“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,” Wilson wrote on IndieGoGo.
“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.”