The Hollywood Sign (formerly the Hollywoodland Sign) is a landmark and American cultural icon located in Los Angeles, California. It is situated on Mount Lee, in the Hollywood Hills area of the Santa Monica Mountains. The sign overlooks Hollywood, Los Angeles.
“HOLLYWOOD” is spelled out in 45-foot (13.7 m)-tall white capital letters and is 350 feet (106.7 m) long. It was originally created in 1923 as an advertisement for a local real estate development, but it garnered increasing recognition after the sign was left up. The sign was a frequent target of pranks and vandalism, but it has since undergone restoration, including the installation of a security system to deter vandalism. The sign is protected and promoted by The Trust For Public Land, a nonprofit organization, while its site and the surrounding land are part of Griffith Park.
From the ground, the contours of the hills give the sign a wavy appearance. When observed at a comparable altitude, the letters appear nearly level.
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.
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- Address: Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA
- Opened: 1923
- Phone: +1 323-258-4338
- Renovated: 2005
- Construction started: 1923
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- Jeffrey Branover: Hiking in the Hollywood hills is always a fun time. Seeing the Hollywood sign is always a treat. You can get great views of the Hollywood sign at the Hollywood reservoir. This place also offers some great trails and nice views of the Los Angeles city.
- Mike George: beautiful hike. the view of the dam on one side and the view of the iconic Hollywood sign on the other was awesome. A great place to visit. We were there for about 30 minutes.