Hollyweed: LAPD Makes Arrest in Iconic Sign Alteration

Hollywood Sign Vandalized

Zachary Cole Fernandez "voluntarily surrendered to LAPD Hollywood Detectives at Hollywood Station today with his attorney", LAPD Hollywood Division Commanding Officer Cory Palka tweeted Monday afternoon.

The Hollywood sign was not harmed in Fernandez's trick, but rather the letters were quickly changed, police said. Days after the sign modification, Fernandez, who calls himself "Jesus Hands", said that he and his innovative accomplice were in charge of the trick.

Fernandez was released on his own recognizance.

City surveillance cameras locked on the iconic sign captured a man dressed in black as he scaled down the sign and carefully placed tarps on the structure to make it read "Hollyweed" around 3 a.m. January 1, said Sgt. Guy Juneau of the LAPD's Security Services Division. One of the coverings was enhanced with a peace sign, and another with a heart.

The sign was first modified to read "Hollyweed" in the '70s and is a reference to California's recent legalization of recreational marijuana. "Pranks of this nature deplete the resources of our valuable public safety personnel, in both responding to the prank and in responding to the increased crowds and copycat attempts that these incidents generate".

Fern told the online magazine that they "mapped it out together and double checked measurements and everything".

Fernandez advised Vice he utilized a rope to swing around the letters and utilized braces to clasp sheets of texture and photos to them.

The 30-year-old artist had told BuzzFeed News he pulled off the transformation with help from his former wife, and it took about three hours and $35 in materials.

His group was also responsible for scaling the sign in 1987 and changing it to read "ollywood" during the Iran-Contra scandal. It was a personal thing and a tribute to the artist (who did a similar stunt in 1976), the late Daniel Finegood.

This article was originally published at 3:15 p.m.



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