Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass overturned a previous order to light up the Hollywood sign.
As one of the final orders directed by previous mayor Eric Garcetti on December 11, 2022, the Hollywood sign was primed for an 18-month pilot program where it would be illuminated for different occasions.
That program will be no more, with the legalities causing concern.
The light-up program would have allowed for the Hollywood Sign to be lit up to six times per year, for no more than three consecutive days per event. The cost for the lighting would have been covered by the Hollywood Sign Trust, which maintains the sign, with full-cost recovery going toward city services within the Department of Recreation.
At the conclusion of the now-defunct light-up project, an impact report would have been produced before the city council could vote on whether to continue the lighting.
The sign had a history of being lit until it became an issue for locals. Garcetti addressed resident concerns, saying the city had tested several lighting techniques over the past year that he believed would “reduce the impact of lights on wildlife and ambient light on local residents.”
The Hollywood Sign was first erected in 1923 and is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
That is what Garcetti had in mind when signing the order for the sign to be lit, saying “As the centennial of the Hollywood Sign approaches, it would seem fitting to build on these successful efforts to illuminate our city’s most famous landmark.”
In preparation for the 100-year anniversary, the sign was given a makeover, being power washed, primed and given a new coat of paint in September of 2022.
Sherwin-Williams used its Emerald Rain Refresh Exterior Acrylic Latex paint, which is described as having, “Self-Cleaning Technology,” that requires minimal maintenance, while debuting “Hollywood Centennial White” color.
“The Sign is the pride of Los Angeles and we are excited for fans all around the world to see this makeover for a very special 100th anniversary,” Hollywood Sign Trust chair Jeff Zarrinnam said. “The opportunity to partner again with Sherwin-Williams on this extensive project will help continue the legacy of the Sign, a symbol of a place where magic is possible and where dreams can come true.”
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