The Straits Times
Published on Oct 27, 2012

Hollywood icon set for biggest make-over for 35 years


LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The iconic Hollywood sign overlooking Tinseltown is getting its biggest renovation for 35 years, ahead of its 90th birthday next year. Workers are using window-cleaner style platforms as they strip down the 15-metre tall letters, powerwash the corrugated iron and apply nearly 1,500 litres of fresh paint.

The operation, which started earlier this month, will take eight to 10 weeks to restore the sign to its bright white glory atop Mount Lee in the Hollywood Hills north of Los Angeles, said the Hollywood Sign Trust.

The original sign was erected in 1923 to advertise a property development called Hollywoodland, but the last four letters were removed in the 1940s.

One of the City of Angels' most beloved attractions, the sign had fallen into disrepair until it was restored in the 1970s after a campaign that saw nine donors pay S$33,900 to "adopt" one letter each.