The hotel that provided the inspiration for author Stephen King to write his horror novel “The Shining” is doubling-down on its ghoulish association with the creation of a massive hedge maze.
The Stanley Hotel, located in Estes Park, Colorado, is launching a unique design contest for the project, giving anyone the chance to imagine a 10,000-square-foot maze for the front grounds. As both fans of the novel and Stanley Kubrick’s film know, the hedge maze played a significant part in the story about a haunted hotel and its mad protagonist.
“There are few hotels in the world that share a history and story as unique as that of the Stanley Hotel,” said John W. Cullen, owner of the property, on the official site. “I am thrilled to share this special moment in my life and the hotel’s history. We have built this place together over the years and I'm excited to invite everyone to be a part of its legacy through this special design contest.”
The hedge maze as seen in director Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining." (Photo: "The Shining")
While the hedges in “The Shining” film were towering monsters, it doesn’t appear that the hotel is going for the same effect, choosing instead to use the more compact (6.5 feet) and cold-tolerant (down to minus 50 degree Fahrenheit) alpine currant hedge. Cullen says that 1,600 to 2,000 of the deciduous shrubs will be provided for the project. The chosen winner will have his/her name immortalized at a placard at the site of the maze.
Feel like there’s a hedge maze in your head just waiting to come to life? Hit the official site for a design template and additional information. The contest ends Jan. 31.
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