Overnight, before the new year, a vandal had successfully changed the tourist attraction “Hollywood” sign to read “Hollyweed.” The man — seen in surveillance videos as wearing black — had scaled the sign and thrown huge black and white tarpaulins over the Hollywood’s “O’s” to change the shape of the letters to look like “e’s.”
According to LAPD Sergeant Robert Payan, the person climbed a protective fence around the sign and scaled each letter to make the changes.
Many said the prank is a reference to the Californian vote to approve the recreational use of Marijuana in the state by 2018. This is the second time the sign has been altered to read “Hollyweed,” — the first was in 1976 when California State University Student Daniel Finegood scaled the Mountain and made the changes using $50 worth of curtains for his final school project. This earned him a grade of “A.”
The original “Hollywood” sign was not meant to promote Hollywood but instead a small housing development project in 1923. The project was originally named “Hollywoodland” and the Hollywood sign had the last four letters. Unfortunately, the last four “land” letters deteriorated and authorities removed them in the 1940s.