On Jan. 1, 2017, residents of Los Angeles woke up to find that one of their most treasured landmarks had become the victim of a New Year’s prank. An unknown prankster scaled Mount Lee in the early hours of New Year’s Day and changed the city’s famous Hollywood sign to “Hollyweed.”
First erected in 1923 as part of an advertising campaign for a housing development, this is not the first time the Hollywood sign has been mischievously altered nor the first time that someone has altered the sign to Hollyweed.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the first instance of the iconic landmark being changed to Hollyweed occurred in 1976 on New Year’s Day. Cal State Northridge student Daniel Finegood made the modification for an art class assignment—he earned an A.
Although this year’s prankster is still unknown, security footage revealed a single individual dressed in black scaling the mountain and altering the sign. Since no damage was done, police are considering the act a misdemeanor.