For those who are currently unaware (and for those who might be) a group of UK architects wish to re-create a life-size replica of the "White City",
Minas Tirith, Peter Jackson's envision in "Lord of the Rings", where the White City was taken from J.R.R Tolkein's "Middle Earth" lore.
Minas Tirith, the "White City" of Gondor
The (over)ambitious project aims to raise £1,850,000,000 GBP ($2,894,325,000.00 USD) to fund the project, aimed to start construction in 2016
and finish by 2023, the project would take 7 years to build!
From the architects themselves, they state the budget:
In order to realise this amazing dream, we have estimated our required budget to be in the region of £1.85bn. The vast majority of this expense would
cover building costs - £15m for land, £188m for labour and £1.4bn for material. The remainder of the money will be invested in maintenance and
public services until the year 2053.
And as with all Kickstarter-type campaigns this comes with its own added list of benefits or rewards for backers.
For as little as £15/50 you can have your name on a monument/plaque, ranging all the way up to £500/900 to stay a night for 1 or 2 in one of the
city's 2 star lodgings.
And then of course there is the ridiculous £10,000 reward:
Grants you and your family exclusive access to all areas of the city, excluding private residences and businesses, and also permits use of horse-drawn
carriages for transport. You will receive priority on property purchases, direct communication links to us (the developers) and a seat on the city's
Executive Committee. You will also be invited to many annual exclusive events.
But this group of architects seem to have it all planned out.. jobs available, lodgings, business space.. seems like one hell of a crowd-funded backed
tourist resort.. well.. city! Could you imagine a crowd-funded city?! Would backers get shares and annual returns based on profits made by said
reort/city? I think it is a wonderful idea if that was the case (which it obviously isn't).
Currently the number of backers as of writing this stands at 1,696 people in 14 days, raising a total of £67,105 ($10,4985.77). With only 46 days to
go until that mighty landmark needs to be met, at the current rate the project will only raise £220,487.86 ($344,953.26), and that's if the
current rate of backers continues (not taking into acount any growth). The developers of the project need to do some serious marketing scheming if
they wish to pull this one off!
Of course, a project of this ambition is attracting a lot of attention. A counter campaign, entitled
"Destroy Minas Tirith", has already been launched, requesting £1,000,000
GBP to reenact the "Battleof Pelennor Fields", which of course if you didn't know by now is the seige on Minas Tirith featured in Tolkein's third act
of Lord of the Rings and consequently Jackson's third film, "The Return of the King".
However, from the list of rewards it would seem this kickstarter actually aims to tear the city to pieces once it is completed, hence currently there
are zero backers and £0/$0 funds.
Of course, if this level of kickstarter campaign to create a backed-city is far too much for ATS, then there is always the
"Poddit Hole Holidays" project(who are
currently undergoing copyright issues from Warner Bros. & the Tolkein Estate), which aims to recreate a series of Hobbit Hole accomodations built from
natural materials for little more than £50,000 GBP ($78,225.00 USD), much more satisfying
So there you go ATS, I present some interesting kickstarter projects. However my main point of this article is: What areyour thoughts on a
crowd-funded city/holiday resort?
If you made it this far thanks for reading! I shall see you in the Green Dragon!
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If only.. If Warner Bros. can see past greed and the Tolkein Estate can see past.. whatever their problem is with copyright.. oh yeah, greed, then the
world of LOTR fanbase would be a very happy place in seven years to come
I have read a bit of it, but not all. It's on my list of things to read. I actually translated my name in Elvish as a tattoo. I figured that it would
be better than someone else's name, and the books were a big deal to me (and the movies).
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