Hollywood SIgn changed to Hollyweed

On New years Day in Hollywood 2017 residents woke to another Hollywood sign transformation.

City Councilman David Ryu, whose district includes the Hollywood sign, had earlier promised the iconic sign would be restored to its normal state.

“We don’t know who did it but park rangers are going up there very soon to take down the draping that was put on top of the ‘O’ to alter the sign,”


Montemayor said Sunday morning.
There are sensors at the sign that trigger an alarm for police, but because the sensors are only in certain areas of the letters, it’s possible to avoid them. There’s a road accessible to the public by foot and car behind the sign.
We believe this person came from behind the sign,” Police said.

The Hollyweed Sign
Danny Finegood and 3 of his college pals used $50 worth of dark fabric to transform the famous Hollywood landmark onJanuary 1, 1976.

It was more than a simple practical joke, Finegood considered it a statement on the relaxed California marijuana law that went into effect that day.

He also turned it in as a school assignment which earned him an “A.”

The sign has been through a lot and often times been neglected.

Ever wonder why it was changed?
In 1949 without maintenance the sign was falling to bits. The H had recently fallen so Hollywood Chamber of Commerce reached an agreement with the City of Los Angeles Parks Department to continue and maintain the upkeep of the sign. Money was tight and during arguments a compromise was reached for less letters so and they decided to remove land.


LA Parks Dept pushed the cost of the lights’ electric bill on to the Chamber, so the bulbs were removed as well thus you can no longer see the sign at night, even though many people still think you can.