Hotel Profile – The Stanley Hotel
Famed for its architecture, magnificent setting and celebrity visitors, The Stanley Hotel is often remembered for being the muse to Stephen King’s ‘Shining’. The hotel has also been listed as one of the most haunted hotels in the USA and has been a landmark structure since its opening in 1909.
Among its many interesting features and amenities stands its unique inclination and patronage of the arts and nature. The proximity to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park has sated the hotel’s initiative in bringing the guests closer to nature through varied activities in the lap of pristine nature. However, the most interesting aspect of them bringing art into nature or vice versa is through their eerily designed sculpture garden that is in tandem with the reputation of the haunted hotel.
Stanley Sculpture Garden as it is called draws inspiration and collaboration from the local artists and is nestled within a gorgeous outdoor setting. The cascading waterfalls, the refreshing greens, and the life-size bronze statues of a variety of animals complete this natural congruence of nature with art. You may catch a glimpse of an otter, a bald eagle, a fawn, a bear, or one of the many other animals here and feel the gorgeous connect that these animals share with their natural habitat.
These sculptures have a dual purpose where they are a strong project of environmental art where the audience or the viewer learns to appreciate nature and its beauty while making an effort to understand the precarious balance and bond that these animals share with each other and the role humans can play in preserving them or in destroying it all. The natural surroundings and the activities peripheral to the national park are enough to induce a love and interest in nature in most guests who venture out to such beautiful destinations.
These sculptures are all made of bronze and are for sale. The sale of these artistic sculptures go on to benefit the artist and to charities of the sculptor’s choice. This gorgeous garden is a homage, a project and an endeavor on part of The Stanley Hotel to the environment, for the artistic engagement and for the benefit of the community at large.
Whether it is animals or human, each sculpture is laced with the theme of nature and its innate pristine quality.