What Goes Up Must Come Down

It took the better part of two days last week to dress the Hollywood Sign up in a fashion statement that read “Save The Peak,” an authorized stunt that is part of an initiative to raise money to purchase a large parcel of nearby hilltop land and prevent its residential development.

Yesterday, it came down much faster. Sensing that its end was near, I pointed the upstairs webcam  at the landmark through the palms atop the neighboring ridge, zoomed in as far as I could go and still have some sort of image,  then pushed the necessary keys on the computer to compile a timelapse of dawn-to-dark images of the temporary cloak’s final day on display (the hot take-down action begins at 1 p.m.):

PS. Yeah, yeah… the obstructed view ain’t nothing to brag about, but I cherish it.  The sign may be over a hill and through some woods more than 4.5 miles away as the crow flies, but I like that it can be seen from inside our house. And I like to imagine that whoever lived in the 17-year-old place in 1923 when the sign was built had chance to look out time and again and see its original construction.

Published by


Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with laonstage.com, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."