Zachary Cole Fernandez, the artist behind changing the iconic ‘Hollywood’ sign to ‘Hollyweed’ turned himself in to the authorities on Monday morning.
The artist who also refers to himself as ‘JesusHands’ used bedsheets to change the ‘O’s in the sign to ‘E’s at 3 a.m. on New Year’s Day. The sign remained read “Hollyweed” until later that morning when it was restored back to its normal state.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Fernandez surrendered with his attorney by his side, and was booked with a misdemeanor trespassing charge. He has since been released on bail.
In a phone interview, Fernandez stated:
“Yeah, I broke the rules, but I broke it with good spirit and good intentions. It was just to bring light and positivity and happiness…I don’t want to destroy anything. I’m about peace and love and respect and integrity and a lot of things that in some ways are missing these days. I wanted to show there’s a light in the world…I’m a person of integrity. If I do something wrong, I will own up to it.”
Fernandez was inspired by a similar prank in 1976, and used sheets and clamps in order to prevent damage to the sign.
However, authorities and officials in L.A. were not appreciative. Los Angeles Councilman David Ryu stated:
“Pranks of this nature deplete the resources of our valuable public safety personnel, in both responding to the prank and in responding to the increased crowds and copycat attempts that these incidents generate. My office has urged the city attorney and L.A.P.D. to investigate and prosecute this case, as well as all attempts to trespass near, alter, or vandalize the sign.”
Fernandez is scheduled to appear in court on February 15th, and could receive up to six months in prison.
(H/T: The New York Times)
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