The final installment of The Hobbit trilogy will be out soon, and Moscow City planned to welcome it in style. Russian art group Svechenie came up with the idea of installing a re-creation of the Eye of Sauron on the Moscow City skyline. The Hollywood Reporter stated the light installation would be set up on the roof of the “IQ-quarter complex” and would draw in fans of Middle-earth and Lord of the Rings.
However, City Lab reports the idea was shut down almost immediately. The Russian Orthodox Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin protested the Eye of Sauron installation. I see where the church is coming from, but if it was only up for a single night as a promotional gag, I don’t see the harm.