Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 version of The Shining is widely regarded as a cinematic masterpiece. From the utterly believable frustrated writer turned madman played by Jack Nicholson, to the creepy Overlook Hotel setting, this film holds up well. Most of the filming was actually done at a real hotel called the Stanley Hotel. Interestingly, it doesn’t have the famous hedge maze depicted in the film, but the owner is looking to change that, and you can help.
The majority of shooting for The Shining was done on site at The Stanley Hotel, which actually inspired the original book by Stephen King. The Overlook Hotel in the film had an elaborate hedge maze on the grounds that figured prominently in the story. However, that feature was created at Elstree Studios in the UK. The film crew simply built a mockup of the hotel in the background.
The Stanley Hotel, which is located in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, was purchased by its current owner in 1994. To celebrate 20 years of ownership, he’s looking to have a hedge maze built to pay homage to the movie, and probably to cash in on that sweet, sweet tourist money. So why not have a contest to see who can come up with the best design?
The grounds of the hotel can accommodate a 10,100 square foot maze, which is reasonably large as far as these things go. The one in the film was implied to be much bigger, though. A template for the maze layout is provided on the hotel’s website. You just need to come up with the layout of the maze — the final design will be done on site by landscapers. The winner will have his or her name added to a placard in the center of the maze.
If you want to submit a design, the deadline is January 31st. The maze is expected to be completed in time for the opening of the Stanley Film Festival on April 30th, 2015.