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Hollywood’s iconic sign gets big paint job before its 100th anniversary

The famous Hollywood sign overlooking Los Angeles is getting a facelift just ahead of its 100th anniversary, with each of the massive letters receiving a
new coat of paint.

September 24, 2022
24 September 2022

Sept 23 (Reuters) – The famous Hollywood sign
overlooking Los Angeles is getting a facelift just ahead of its
100th anniversary, with each of the massive letters receiving a
new coat of paint.

The nine-letter sign atop Mount Lee was last painted 10
years ago and needs redoing roughly every decade.

The current set of letters is actually the third sign
erected atop Mount Lee over the years. The first sign, which
said “Hollywoodland,” was erected in 1923, according to the
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which helps administer the site
along with the city of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign Trust.

“People don’t realize that, you know, when you’re standing
at the sign, each letter is 45 feet high, the length of each
letter. But they’re actually also about 10 to 15 feet off the
ground,” said Jeff Zarrinnam, chair of the Hollywood Sign Trust.
“So some of these guys are up, you know, 60, 50 to 60 feet up in
the air.”

The job will use around 400 gallons (1,510 liters) of paint
and special rust-prohibitive primer.
(Reporting by Reuters television; Writing by Aurora Ellis;
Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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