The Hollywood Sign is undergoing a major new paint job and facelift for the first time in 35 years, and we got up close and personal with it. Check out our full photo gallery above.
For nearly a month now, workers have been stripping off layers upon layers of paint and graffiti slathered onto the giant sign in the Hollywood Hills over the decades.
They'll sand down the corrugated steel, apply a primer and spray on a new glossy coat of white paint. (For those who want to duplicate the color in their own homes, it's Sherwin-Williams Emerald Exterior Satin Acrylic Latex paint.)
The sign was first hauled up to the top of Mount Lee as an advertisement for a new land development called "Hollywoodland." In 1949, the "land" portion of the sign was taken down, leaving the shorter, more generic and now more famous nine-letter sign: "Hollywood."
Project foreman Victor Galindo has worked on painting projects at the Getty Museum and at USC, but he says that this job is the most exciting project he's ever worked on in his 18-year career.
He also says his mother isn't too pleased about it.
"My mom's always looking at me on the [Hollywood sign] web-cam," says Galindo. "She can't believe I'm so high up, but that's what I do every day. The only difference is now she's watching me."
His mother prepares lunch for Galindo and his brother-in-law, who is also working on the sign's paint job. For Galindo, work is a family affair and most members of the crew are either related to him or close friends.
The Duggan painting crew started working on the project on October 2nd and they plan to finish the job by the end of November.
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This story has been updated with the correct paint information.