September 23 (CNNBreakingNews.net) — The famous Hollywood sign with a view of Los Angeles is being reworked just before its 100th anniversary, with Each of the huge letters is given a new coat of paint.
The nine-letter sign on Mount Lee was last painted 10 years ago and must be reworked approximately every ten years.
The current set of letters is actually the third sign built on Mount Lee over the years. The first sign with the inscription “Hollywoodland” was erected in 1923, according to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which, together with the City of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign Trust, helps manage the site.
“People don’t know that, you know, when you’re standing at the sign, every letter is 45 feet high, the length of every letter. But they’re actually about 10 to 15 feet off the ground,” said Jeff Zarrinnam, chairman of the Hollywood Sign Trust. “So some of these guys are, you know, 60, 50 to 60 feet high up in the air.”
The application uses around 400 gallons (1,510 liters) of paint and a special, rust-proof primer.