HOLLYWOOD, California: Ahead of its 100th anniversary, the world famous Hollywood sign on Mount Lee overlooking Los Angeles is being repainted for the first time in years.
The restoration will use some 400 gallons of paint and a special rust-prohibitive primer, said officials.
According to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which helps administer the sign, the current set of letters is the third sign erected on Mount Lee, with the first sign, put up in 1923, stating, "Hollywoodland."
"People do not realize that when you are standing at the sign, each letter is 45 feet high, the length of each letter. But they are actually also about 10 to 15 feet off the ground. So some of these guys are 50 to 60 feet up in the air," said Jeff Zarrinnam, chair of the Hollywood Sign Trust.