You've probably heard of the Stanley Hotel. This century-old landmark in Estes Park, Colorado, is the spooky spot that inspired Stephen King to write The Shining after he and his wife stayed there. Yet Stanley Kubrick didn't actually film his big-screen adaptation at the Stanley Hotel at all – the exterior shots were actually taken at the palatial Timberline Lodge in Oregon.
Yet the Stanley has long loved the association and wants some of that sweet Kubrick action so is now holding a competition to design a giant, Kubrick-esque hedge maze for its grounds. In fact, the Stanley Hotel Public Hedge Maze contest is now open for submissions and the goal is simple: design a 61,500-square-foot hedge maze inspired by the one in Kubrick's film, and use 1,600 to 2,000 Aspen currant hedge bushes to do it.
The hotel, which funnily enough was actually where they filmed the far less scary Dumb and Dumber, has provided a simple template (PDF) as well as a very simple example of what a maze design might look like. Here's an up-close shot of the one from the movie:
The deadline is midnight on January 31. The prize? You get your "name placed on a recognition placard in the centre of the maze".
But, hey, winning the contest would also be a great chance to stay at the Stanley Hotel when the maze opens. The hotel evidently plays The Shining in a never-ending loop on channel 42 of the guest room TVs. Nightmares are complimentary. [Stanley Hotel via Neatorama]
Images by Stanley Kubrick