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Design a hedge maze for the real hotel that inspired The Shining

Attention game makers and film buffs, Colorado's Stanley Hotel, the real-world inspiration for The Shining, is looking for someone to design a 61,500 square-foot hedge maze for their front lawn.

The winner will have their work created out of 1,600 to 2,000 Alpine Currant hedge bushes on the hotel's front lawn. A placard with the creator's name will be placed at the site of the maze. The deadline is Jan. 31.

The 140-room hotel was opened in 1909 by Freelan Oscar Stanley, the creator of Stanley Steamer, near the Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park. Over it's long history, the hotel has been temporary home to the rich, famous and powerful including John Philipp Sousa, the emperor and empress of Japan and Theodore Roosevelt. But the most important guest for the hotel had to be Stephen King. King came up with the idea for The Shining while staying at the hotel. The 1980 adaptation of his book by Stanley Kubrick wasn't filmed at the hotel, but the 1997 TV adaptation was.

The hotel is also home to several ghost stories.

The maze contest and its ultimate creation is meant to serve as an homage to the film, according to the hotel's website.

"There are few hotels in the world that share a history and story as unique as that of the Stanley Hotel," John W. Cullen, owner of the property, wrote on the 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 ribbon-cutting for the maze will take place on the opening night of the 3rd annual Stanley Film Festival on April 30th, 2015.

You can find the template for designs and details for entry at the link below. If you do enter, drop an image of your creation in comments. We'd love to see it.


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