If imitation is the highest form of flattery, the Sign has a lot of admirers. Signs mimicking the Hollywood Sign’s look and feel have popped up all across the world, as well as, cities making claims that they have their own versions of the Hollywood Sign.
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Hollywood Sign Copycats:
In 1987, Mosgiel, a satellite suburb of the New Zealand city of Dunedin erected their own sign in the style of the Hollywood Sign.
Since its opening in 1993, Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland has a faux hill with a sign that reads TOONTOWN and resembles the Hollywood sign.
During the 2003 Scottish Parliament Election, the Scottish Conservative Party ran a billposter campaign depicting the Salisbury Crags of Holyrood Park with the message “FOLLYROOD” (in the style of the Hollywood Sign), with the uncompleted Scottish Parliament Building in the foreground. The poster was intended as a jibe to the infamous cost overruns and alleged overly elaborate design of the Parliament building, which the Conservatives opposed.
In 2009, a Hollinwood sign was erected by the side of the M60 motorway going through Hollinwood, Greater Manchester, to celebrate the City of Manchester‘s twinning with Los Angeles. The sign was erected during the night and then taken down by the Highways Agency, as it was considered a distraction to motorway drivers.
In 2010, in the hope of promoting new businesses in the town of Basildon in Essex, England, Basildon District Council erected the letters reading the name of the town alongside the A127 road at a cost of £400,000.
In 2010, Paddy Power, a large Irish betting company, erected a 270 feet (82.3 m) wide and 50 feet (15.2 m) high Hollywood-style sign reading Paddy Power on Cleeve Hill, in the regency town of Cheltenham, as part of a publicity campaign for Cheltenham Festival. It became the world’s largest free-standing sign of its kind.
Entertainer Dolly Parton has many times cited the Hollywood Sign as the impetus behind her own Dollywood theme park, telling Spin Magazine in 1986, “When I first saw the Hollywood Sign, I thought, how wonderful would it be if I could change the ‘H’ to a ‘D’ for the day.”
These Signs have been sourced by the Hollywood Sign Wikipedia.