Prankster changes Hollywood sign to read ‘HOLLYWEED’

Posted on January 03 2017 , at 07:01 am
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Photo: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press

A prankster on New Year’s day edited the iconic Los Angeles landmark, the Hollywood sign, to read ‘Hollyweed’.

At 3am on Sunday, January 1, 2017, the prankster dressed in black and armed with four tarpaulins, climbed Mount Lee and altered the sign, according to footage retrieved from security cameras in the area.

According to policeman Sgt. Guy Juneau of the Los Angeles Police Department, a ‘lone individual’ climbing up the mountain, scaling the sign’s ladders and hanging tarpaulins over the O’s to change them to E’s.

Juneau puts it down to being either a thrill seeker’s misdemeanour or a New Year’s Eve prank. One of the tarpaulins was decorated with a peace sign, and another with a heart.  California has only recently just voted

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This isn’t the first time the 94-year-old world-famous Hollywood sign has been edited by artists and pranksters.

A gust of wind in a 1949 storm initially knocked off the H prompting the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to restored the letter and remove “land” from the ‘Hollywoodland’ it originally was.


Photo: Bruce Torrence Collection Hollywood Sign Trust

On New Year’s Day of 1976, the sign became ‘HOLLYWeeD’ for the first time when a student Daniel Finegood carried out the modification as an art class assignment.

This post first appeared on TNS

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