Iconic Hollywood Sign “Vandalized” On New Year’s

Photo: Snopes

Photo: Snopes

One of the most famous Southern California attractions was “vandalized” in a New Year’s Eve prank. The iconic original Hollywood sign that is now known around the world was first constructed in 1923 as an advertisement for a housing development, which had originally read “Hollywoodland.” Later it would be changed to the iconic sign that it is today after a storm had taken out the “H” in a severe storm.

The sign would be altered again, not by the Chamber of Commerce, but by a student named Daniel Finegood on New Year’s Day of 1976 to make it read “HOLLYWeeD” for the first time. It was a modification for his art class assignment on working with scale, reports the LA Times.

The modification marked a change of times when the country started to relax from all of the previous obstacles that had caused an uneasy society to become violent. The action was also a bold statement about how marijuana was beginning to take over the California culture. As Californians voted last November, the polls ended up showing that they were overwhelmingly in favor of legalizing marijuana.

The sign was altered again New Year’s Eve of this year when an unidentified person hiked up the mountain, hopped the fence and hung up banners making it appear that the sign says “HOLLYWeeD.” Although authorities are investigating the incident no suspects have been named and it is still an ongoing investigation.

It is no surprise that this happened at another turning point for the country as we will welcome our new President this year and the preparation for recreational marijuana in California will be in full swing. We are excited to see what the new year brings and unlike every other millennial group we aren’t that disappointed with how 2016 went down, we survived.


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