Hollywood Sign

Sign reading "HOLLYWOOD" located in Los Angeles, California, United States

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Hollywood Sign
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Former namesHollywoodland Sign (1923–1949)
General information
LocationGriffith Park, Mount Lee, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California
CountryUnited States
Coordinates34°8′2.62″N 118°19′17.73″W / 34.1340611°N 118.3215917°W / 34.1340611; -118.3215917Coordinates: 34°8′2.62″N 118°19′17.73″W / 34.1340611°N 118.3215917°W / 34.1340611; -118.3215917
Completed1923
RenovatedRepaired 1949
rebuilt 1978
repainted 2005
Cost$21,000
ClientWoodruff and Shoults (Hollywoodland)
Technical details
Structural systemWood and sheet metal (1923–1978)
Steel (1978–present)
Size45 ft (13.7 m) tall,[1] 350 ft (106.7 m) long[1]
Design and construction
ArchitectThomas Fisk Goff
DesignatedFebruary 7, 1973
Reference no.111

The Hollywood Sign (formerly the Hollywoodland Sign) is an American landmark and cultural icon overlooking Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. It is situated on Mount Lee, in the Hollywood Hills area of the Santa Monica Mountains.

"HOLLYWOOD" is spelled out in 45 ft (13.7 m)-tall[1] white capital letters and is 350 feet (106.7 m) long.[1] The sign was originally created in 1923 as a temporary advertisement for a local real estate development, but due to increasing recognition, the sign was left up.[2] The sign has been a frequent target of pranks and vandalism across the decades, but it has since undergone restoration, including the installation of a security system to deter vandalism. The sign is protected and promoted by The Hollywood Sign Trust,[3] a nonprofit organization, while its site and the surrounding land are part of Griffith Park.

The sign makes frequent appearances in popular culture, particularly in establishing shots for films and television programs set in or around Hollywood. Signs of similar style, but spelling different words, are frequently seen as parodies. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce holds trademark rights to the Hollywood Sign.[4]

Visitors can hike to the sign from the Bronson Canyon entrance to Griffith Park or from Griffith Observatory.[5][6] There is also a trailhead near the Lake Hollywood Reservoir outside of Griffith Park, and although not an access point in itself, there is a popular scenic vista point around Lake Hollywood Park near the trailhead.[7]

  1. ^ a b c d "Fast Facts About The Hollywood Sign". The Hollywood Sign. Archived from the original on January 16, 2017. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  2. ^ "The Hollywood Sign: A Beat-by-Beat Plotline" (PDF). The Hollywood Sign. May 19, 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 9, 2007. Retrieved August 12, 2007.
  3. ^ "About the Hollywood Sign Trust". The Hollywood Sign. Archived from the original on June 10, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  4. ^ "Licensing for the Walk of Fame | Hollywood Walk of Fame". walkoffame.com. Archived from the original on February 3, 2019. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  5. ^ "The Hollywood Sign: Best Viewpoints". The Hollywood Sign. Archived from the original on March 22, 2019. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  6. ^ "The Hollywood Sign: Hiking to the Sign". The Hollywood Sign. Archived from the original on June 11, 2017. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  7. ^ "Lake Hollywood Reservoir Trail | Los Angeles | Hikespeak.com". www.hikespeak.com. Archived from the original on December 21, 2019. Retrieved January 3, 2020.

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