A group of UK-based architects have launched a fundraising campaign to finance the building of a life-size replica of Lord of the Rings city Minas Tirith, the capital of Gondor.
Jonathan Wilson and his colleagues are “fully aware of the scale of [their] ambition,” and are seeking $2.5bn for the project.
The campaign has a multi-tiered reward system, with investors who donate large amounts getting their own houses in the city and even being declared “lord or lady” with use of a horse-drawn carriage.
“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 said.
“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.”