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Design a Hedge Maze for the Hotel that Inspired The Shining

One of the hotels that inspired The Shining's Overlook Hotel is accepting submissions for a new hedge maze, and no, it's not Oregon's Timberlane Lodge (the aerial shots in the film), the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park (the basis for much of The Overlook's interiors), or a since broken-down soundstage at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire, England (where the interior scenes were actually shot); it's the Stanley Hotel, which served as Stephen King's inspiration for the book that inspired Kubrick's film. Which honestly is kind of a drag, because King's novel isn't exactly the most memorable or beloved version of The Shining.

If you're the kind of person that would be excited by the opportunity to draw any old hedge maze, you probably won't be dissuaded by this fact. (And of course it's probably best that this isn't the Shining hotel most closely associated with the film, because Kubrick's hedge maze doesn't even appear in the opening sequence, which is probably just Kubrik trying to throw you, but also begs the question of whether or not the hedge maze even exists in the reality of The Shining, the movie. Which in turn begs the question of whether the action of Kubrick's Shining is meant to represent chronological events occuring at a Colorado hotel.) Better to use the hotel that inspired King's maze, which unlike Kubrick's, didn't serve as the backdrop for a pioneering early use of the Steadicam.

From you, the Stanley Hotel wants a 61,500 square foot hedge maze, consisting of 1,600 to 2,000 Alpine Currant hedge bushes. The deadline for submissions is January 31. According to the contest instructions, "designs are restricted to the use of hedge and path only," so no funny business, especially not the kind where hedge animals come to life and attack people, which most Shining fans agree the Kubrick version was much better without.

· Design a Maze for the Stanley Hotel [Neatorama]