The Hollywood Sign (originally the Hollywoodland Sign) is indeed a cultural symbol and American landmark that stands above Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. It is located atop Mount Lee inside the Santa Monica Mountains’ Beachwood Canyon region. The sign, which is 45 feet (13.7 metres) tall and 350 feet (106.7 metres) long, was initially built in 1923 as a temporary advertisement for a local property development, but that was left up owing to its notoriety.
The sign is one of California’s as well as the United States’ the more well monuments, and so it frequently appears in popular culture, notably in establishing shots for movies and television shows set inside or near Hollywood. Parodies are typically observed as signs that have a similar style however spell different terms. The Hollywood Sign is a trademark owned by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
The sign has become a regular target of pranks as well as vandalism throughout the decades due to it’s own extensive recognition as well as accessibility from various sites throughout the Los Angeles Basin.
Since then, it has been restored, along with the installation of a surveillance system to combat vandalism. The Hollywood Sign Trust protects and promotes the sign, while its location as well as surrounding property are part of Griffith Park.
Visitors may trek to the sign from either the Bronson Canyon or Griffith Observatory entrances to Griffith Park. Outside of Griffith Park, there is a trailhead at the Lake Hollywood Reservoir, and while not an access point, there will be a popular panoramic viewing point surrounding Lake Hollywood Park near the trailhead.
The sign was initially installed in 1923 as well as read “HOLLYWOODLAND.” Its goal was to publicise the name of a new home complex inside the hills above Los Angeles’ Hollywood sector.
Woodruff as well as Shoults, real estate developers, dubbed their project “Hollywoodland” and marketed it all as a “superb environment without excessive cost just on Hollywood side of the hills.”
They hired the Crescent Sign Company to install thirteen letters upon that hillside facing south. The sign was developed by Thomas Fisk Goff (1890–1984), the proprietor of such a sign firm. Each letter was 30 feet (9.1 metres) broad and 50 feet (15.2 metres) tall, having 4,000 light lights adorning the entire sign.