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Though the odds are against them, a group of architects want to build a real life Lord of the Rings city. Crowdfunding has made what once seemed impossible, possible, and this self-professed “ambitious team of architects and structural engineers” believe they can make it happen.
These hard-core fans of Peter Jackson’s trilogy based on the novel by J. R. R. Tolkien aspire to build a full-sized replica of the city Minas Tirith by raising a mere $2.82 billion. The project headed by Jonathan Wilson, if funded, would begin in Northern England in 2016 and be completed by 2023.
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Should they have any money leftover, it would be used for the upkeep and maintenance of the new city of Minas Tirith. On their Indiegogo page, the team wrote, “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.
“We all share a love of Tolkien’s work, and a desire to challenge the common perception of community and architecture,” it continues.
The team has given themselves 60 days to raise the cash – a very steep climb, in fact, as steep as the stairs of Minas Tirith would be should the project reach completion. To encourage donation, they have set up some rather attractive rewards. If you donate $155,800 (or £100,000), you earn the title of Lordship or Ladyship of the City, while donating just under $5 or £3, gets you a follow on Twitter.
At the time of publication, the Indiegogo campaign had raised more than $86,000, or £55,432. While that seems like a drop in the bucket, consider that just two days ago, it had garnered only around $600 or about £400 – a dramatic increase since numerous media outlets began reporting on it. And, there are still 47 days to raise the remainder.