The Shining’s Stanley Hotel Public Hedge Maze Design Contest Is Spooky


You likely have heard of the historic Stanley Hotel in Colorado. To be fair, you may have heard of it as the Overlook when you were watching The Shining like a zillion times scaring the pants off yourself. The Stanley has been featured on Ghost Adventures and various other paranormal programs. Oh, and it’s just a really awesome hotel. To celebrate 20 years of ownership, the current owners are giving you a chance to redesign their infamous hedge maze. Here’s the details:

 sidebarThe historic Stanley Hotel is excited to announce a public competition to design a 10,100 sq. ft. hedge maze inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980).

The contest will attract designers, both amateur and professional, from around the world who will have an opportunity to put their work and name on permanent display at the iconic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, which draws hundreds of thousands of visitors a year.

The Maze will serve as an homage to the film, which was itself inspired by author Stephen King’s experience at The Stanley Hotel. It also will commemorate the 20 year anniversary of the current ownership of the hotel, which began May 1st, 1994.

“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. “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.”

In true Colorado spirit, the hedge maze will be comprised of 1,600 to 2,000 Alpine Currant hedge bushes and will be a prominent feature on the hotel’s picturesque front lawn. A placard with the contest winner’s name will be placed at the site of the maze.

The ribbon-cutting for the maze will take place on the opening night of the 3rd annual Stanley Film Festival on April 30th, 2015.
The winning design will be chosen by a special panel of Estes Park residents, Stanley Hotel employees and film festival staff.  The contest winner will have their name placed on a recognition placard in the center of the maze.
Aspiring designers and Stanley Hotel enthusiasts scroll below for contest and submission details.  The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2015.


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