So now it’s believed the “Hollyweed” sign New Year’s day prank could actually be a work of art.
An artist based in Los Angeles has taken the credit for changing the iconic Hollywood sign to “Hollyweed” on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2017.
CBS Los Angeles reports, “Jesushands” is the moniker used by Zach Fernandez, and according to his website – posted an image of the ‘vandalized’ sign along with comments congratulating him on his big prank.
Now it’s still unconfirmed whether or not Fernandez was actually responsible, but he did respond to comments on his Instagram post that accepted praise for the job.
On Tuesday, Fernandez and creative Sarah Fern reportedly told VICE they were indeed the ones who made the big change to the Hollywood sign because they wanted to “bring about conversation” on marijuana law reform.
If you visit his website you’ll see that one of his artistic specialties is said to be “large scale inst[a]llations.” So, it seems he has the experience that is needed in order to maneuver and manipulate the huge tarps that were used to change the two white Os into Es on the iconic sign.
There are various photos of the vandalized sign that depict two small banners hanging from the transformed letters, one of those is said to reference the phrase “jesushands”.
LAPD West Hollywood spokesman Cory Palka said Tuesday that detectives are treating the matter as a trespassing investigation.