Someone changed the Hollywood sign to say Hollyweed

Jen Mills
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 01: The Iconic Hollywood Sign Gets Changed To Read "Hollyweed" on January 1, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
Welcome to Hollyweed (Picture: Getty)
Someone gave Los Angeles a laugh on New Year’s Day, as people woke up to find the iconic ‘Hollywood’ sign had been improved defaced to read ‘Hollyweed’.
We’re guessing the culprit’s NYE party – and hangover – was probably wilder than yours?
Maybe they’d just smoked a bit of what the sign honoured, or maybe their work was a topical response to the US election on November 8, when  the Golden State voted to legalise pot for recreational use by adults.
Even Snoop Dogg was pleased at the alteration, tweeting: ‘Hollyweed – that’s where I get my mail’.
City surveillance cameras captured footage of someone dressed in black about 3am, who police believe was behind the conversion.
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 01: The Iconic Hollywood Sign Gets Changed To Read "Hollyweed" on January 1, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
From a distance (Picture: Getty)
He didn’t carry gigantic ‘E’ letters up with him, which would have been quite an undertaking in the early hours of New Year’s Day.
Instead, the effect was created by placing material similar to tarpaulin over the two O’s.
There were no suspects identified by this afternoon, but the person is caught they could be charged with misdemeanor trespassing.
This wasn’t the first time the sign had a makeover, and the changes often happen on January 1.
In 1976, artist Danny Finegood hung curtains on the sign to make it read Hollyweed, on the year that the state relaxed their laws on marijuana.

The Hollywood sign

The famous letters were erected in 1923, when they originally read ‘Hollywoodland’.
Put up to promote a housing development, the last several letters deteriorated in the 1940s. The part that remains was restored in 1978.
Each of the white letters is around four storeys high, and are now instantly recognisable as symbolising the centre of American filmmaking.
Hikers and tourists used to be able to walk right up to the sign and take a picture. Now, accessing it is difficult due to a fence blocking people, but it remains a popular spot for hikers and tourists who want a selfie as close as possible.
The famed view of the Hollywood sign was nearly spoiled by development in 2010 until a conservation group, with donations from Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner and others, purchased adjacent land to save it.
Pranksters have a history of changing up the sign, to things are varied as CALTECH, OIL WAR and SAVE THE PEAK. 
Read the full list of alterations here.
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