ESTES PARK, Colo. (CBS4) – Danny, I’m coming! I’m coming, Dan!
Fans of “The Shining” — either Stephen King’s novel or Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation — might soon get to re-enact that iconic axe-wielding chase scene from the film.
The Stanley Hotel, the inspiration for King’s novel, has announced a public design contest for the construction of a hedge maze, one of the key elements of the film.
The Estes Park hotel said the hedge maze, which will be about 61,500 square feet on the hotel’s front lawn, will serve as an homage to the film. The maze will be comprised of 1,600 to 2,000 Alpine Currant hedge bushes.
“There are few hotels in the world that share a history and story as unique as that of the Stanley Hotel,” John W. Cullen, the owner of the property, said. “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 deadline for submissions is Jan. 31. The finished maze will be unveiled during the Stanley Film Festival on April 30.
A panel of Estes Park residents, hotel employees and film festival’s staff will choose the winner.
King didn’t include a hedge maze in his novel, one of the many differences between the book and the film.