One of the most famous Southern California attractions was “vandalised” in a New Year’s Eve prank. But it wasn’t the first time, the 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 but not by the Chamber of Commerce, a student by the name of Daniel Finegood altered the sign 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 yet another major turning point for the country. With a Presidential administration that is adamant on increasing federal restrictions on marijuana laws, and one of the largest states in the US to approve of legalizing marijuana. It will be an interesting turn of events.