Iconic California hillside Hollywood sign vandalised to read 'Hollyweed'
Updated January 02, 2017 07:42:33The vandal covered parts of the O's with tarps. (AP: Damian Dovarganes)
Los Angeles residents awoke on New Year's Day to find a prankster had altered the famed Hollywood sign to read "HOLLYWeeD".
The iconic hillside sign overlooking Southern California's film-and-television hub was defaced overnight in honour of marijuana.
City surveillance cameras captured footage of someone dressed in black about 3:00am whom police believe was behind the conversion, Sergeant Robert Payan of the Los Angeles Police Department said.
The person scaled a protective fence surrounding the sign above Griffith Park and then clambered up each giant letter to drape the coverings, Mr Payan said.
There were no suspects, but the person, if caught, could be charged with misdemeanour trespassing, he said.
Hikers and tourists in the hills spent the morning snapping photos of themselves in front of the altered sign before park rangers began removing the tarps.
Rapper Snoop Dogg, a noted cannabis consumer, tweeted a photo of the sign and said: "#hollyweed — that's were I get my mail. #merryjane".
California voters in November approved Proposition 64, which legalised the recreational use of marijuana, beginning in 2018.
The famed vista with the Hollywood sign was nearly spoiled by development in 2010 until a conservation group, with donations from Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner and others, purchased adjacent land to save the view.
The sign originally read "Hollywoodland" and was created to promote a housing development.
The last several letters deteriorated in the late 1940s, and the part that remained was restored in 1978.