Hollywood Sign is the name given to the famous giant sign – an American landmark and cultural icon overlooking Hollywood . It is situated on Mount Lee, in the Hollywood Hills area of the Santa Monica Mountains, California / The Hollywood Hollywood Sign has become a Los Angeles icon and synonymous with the city, a district of Los Angeles. The letters of the lettering are about 14 meters high and together 137 meters long. The entire stracture weighs around 220 tons.
On July 13, 1923, a brokerage company for $ 21,000 hired the logo HOLLYWOODLAND on urban grounds in the Hollywood Hills to promote the purchase of land in this then barren and remote area north of the then much smaller Los Angeles. Numerous white metal plates of about 0.9 x 2.7 m were nailed to a framework of old telephone poles, pipes, wires and various wooden parts. The letters were illuminated with a total of about 4000 bulbs. Mounted on Mount Lee lettering was actually planned only as a provisional for a period of one and a half years, but remained intact and quickly became a symbol of the emerging film location Hollywood.The new letters were 45 feet (13.7 m) tall and ranged from 31 to 39 feet (9.4 to 11.9 m) wide
Hollywoodland : Installed in 1923, the sign originally spelled out “Hollywoodland”—it was a massive advertisement for a new housing development below.
In 1949, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce signed a contract with the Parks and Gardens Department of Los Angeles to repair and rebuild the poster. The contract stipulated that the suffix “LAND” be removed to put “Hollywood” and thus represent the entire district, not just the “Hollywoodland” housing development.
In 1978, in large part because of the public campaign to restore the landmark by Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine,the Chamber set out to replace the severely deteriorated sign with a more permanent structure,Nine donors gave US$249,999.93 , to sponsor replacement letters . The new letters made of steel supported by steel columns on a concrete foundation were 45 feet (13.7 m) tall and ranged from 31 to 39 feet (9.4 to 11.9 m) wide.
The sign is protected and promoted by The Hollywood Sign Trust, a nonprofit organization, while its site and the surrounding land are part of Griffith Park / The sign is on rough, steep terrain, and there are barriers to prevent unauthorized access. In 2000, the Los Angeles Police Department installed a security system featuring motion detection and closed-circuit cameras
viewing areas :
- Griffith Observatory , the city’s “ most preferred” viewing area, easy access from the Vermont/Sunset Metro Red Line station every 20 minute.
- Hollywood & Highland , One of the besy ways to catch a photo opportunity is from the Hollywood & Highland.
- Barnsdall Art Park , Located near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vermont Avenue, Barnsdall Art Park, offering nice views of the Hollywood Sign
- Sunset Ranch Hollywood , located in the Hollywood Hills , Sunset Ranch offers nice views of the Hollywood Hills, with the sign above and Griffith Park nearby
Access : Coordinates: 34.134061, -118.321592 / The DASH Observatory Bus offers convenient transportation to two L.A. icons, the Griffith Observatory and the Greek Theatre.
Activities : photo opportunities-One of the best Hollywood Sign-viewing experiences can be found at Lake Hollywood Park, / climb the historic public staircases / Hiking : hike at the Hollywood and Vine Red Line station, which is a 35-minute walk to Beachwood Village -Wonder View Trail -Hike from Bronson Canyon /
Hooray for Hollywood Tour, Aerial view of the Hollywood Sign / horseback riding – guided trail ride from Sunset Ranch Hollywood
Go next : Griffith Observatory / Watts Towers / Chateau Marmont / Eastern Columbia Building / The Getty / Bradbury Building / Union Station