Got some spare time on your hands after the holiday rush has passed? Why not train your brain on designing a freaky hedge maze for the historic Stanley Hotel, the grand Georgian monument that inspired Stephen King's The Shining? The Stanley Hotel Public Hedge Maze Contest is officially open for submissions, with the rules requiring participants to create a 61,500-square-foot labyrinth using only Aspen Currant bushes to conjure its many twists and turns. Deadline for submissions is Jan. 31, 2015, and instructions and templates can be found at the hotel's site here.
Both amateurs and professionals are encouraged to enter and lend their dark visions of a mesmerizing new maze. The winner will have their name inscribed on a dedication plaque once the maze is constructed on hotel grounds. The venerable landmark hotel in Estes Park, Colo., near the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, served as the ghostly muse for a young Stephen King while seeking a respite to concoct his next horror novel. The folks at the Stanley are holding the contest to design an elaborate hedge maze in honor of Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film adaptation and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the resort's current ownership. King's novel didn't actually contain mention of a hedge maze, but used a monstrous topiary garden instead.
Exteriors for Kubrick's chilling film were shot at the Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood in Oregon, with the notorious mad maze built back in England, but the 1997 TV mini-series starring Steven Weber and Rebecca De Mornay was shot on location at the actual Stanley Hotel. Intended to be an homage to the legendary 1980 movie, the new hedge maze will be dedicated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 30, 2015, at the third annual Stanley Film Festival.
Think you've got the mind to create a hedge maze to get lost in ... forever and ever and ever?