Pranksters change the Hollywood sign to read ‘HOLLYWEED’ in New Year’s Eve stunt – 41 years to the day after an art student pulled the same joke
The sign trended on social media Sunday, as spotters used the #Hollyweed tag and circulated snaps
Police say a lone male scaled the mountain and altered the letters with tarp at around 3am on Sunday
It mimics an identical stunt performed un Jan 1, 1976 by Cal State Northridge art student Danny Finegood
He got an A grade for the prank, which was made in reference to California’s then-easing weed laws
He and his pals also changed the sign to reference events on Easter 1976, and in 1987 and 1990
Finegood died of cancer in January 2007 at 52; it’s not known if the prank is directly connected to his work
Workers started removing the tarps at around 12:30pm Sunday
By JAMES WILKINSON
1 January 2017
California’s decision to legalize weed last year apparently left some LA pranksters in high spirits over New Year’s Eve, as the Hollywood sign was altered to read ‘HOLLYWEED’.
Social media in the area was abuzz as locals shared photos of the altered sign with the tag #Hollyweed.
But the alteration might be more than a mere joke – it echoes a near-identical alteration made exactly 41 years ago by then-art student Danny Finegood.
On January 1, 1976, Cal State Northridge student Danny Finegood used a $50 pair of curtains to make an identical amendment to the sign.
The ‘environmental sculpture’ – made the same year that California relaxed its marijuana laws, earned him an A grade,The Cannabist reported last year.
The team also amended it to ‘Holywood’ for Easter 1976; to Ollywood to protest Marine Lt Col Oliver North amid the Iran-Contra hearings in 1987; and to ‘Oil War’ during the Persian Gulf War in 1990.
Feingood and his pals defended his work against claims that it was vandalism in a letter to The Times in 1983.