Famous Landmarks The Hollywood Sign – California – USA Hollywood HOLLYWOOD is spelled out in 45 foot tall white capital letters. The sigh originally read HOLLYWOODLAND. It was originally created in 1923 as an advertisement for a local real estate development. The sign was a frequent target of pranks and vandalism. The sign is located on rough, steep terrain, and is encompassed by barriers to prevent unauthorized access, in 2000, the los angels police department installed a security system featuring motion detection and closed circuit cameras. Any movement in the marked restricted areas triggers an alarm that notifies the police. Like,Share and Subscribe. Thanks.