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Facelifts in Hollywood are nothing new so it only makes sense that the iconic Hollywood sign gets a facelift as it turns 100 years old.

The Hollywood Sign Trust recently announced the sign’s makeover as part of its preparation to celebrate the sign’s big birthday next year.

According to the Trust, almost 1 500 litres of paint and primer will be used on the 14-meter-high sign.

A team consisting of 10 members began on Monday. They will pressure wash the enormous letters before the maintenance and painting sessions can begin.

According to News24 reports, the sign was originally an advertisement.

“The sign – a must-see for any film buff or tourist visiting Los Angeles – initially read Hollywoodland, and was constructed as an advertisement for an upscale real estate development. But in 1949, as the movie industry entered a golden age, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce lopped off the last four letters.”

The sign was rebuilt in 1978 to ensure it will last for decades longer. It was painted in 2012.

Jeff Zarrinnam, chair of the Hollywood Sign Trust, said the sign’s centenary celebration is something they’re very excited about.

“The sign is the pride of Los Angeles and we are excited for fans all around the world to see this makeover of a very special 100th anniversary.”

It’s estimated that the facelift will take eight weeks to complete with a big reveal on 1 November.

Image credit: History

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