An area artist suspected of altering the Hollywood signal on New Yr’s morning to make it learn “Hollyweed” has surrendered to Los Angeles police and been booked on suspicion of trespassing, in line with the Los Angeles Police Division.
Zachary Cole Fernandez “voluntarily surrendered to LAPD Hollywood Detectives at Hollywood Station at this time together with his lawyer,” LAPD Hollywood Division Commanding Officer Cory Palka tweeted Monday afternoon.
Fernandez, 30, was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing and is scheduled to seem in courtroom Feb. 15 in downtown Los Angeles, Palka stated.
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In an interview with VICE journal after the New Yr’s Day prank, Fernandez, who additionally goes by the moniker Jesus Palms, stated he and his artistic associate/former spouse Sarah Fern did plenty of analysis on the historic signal and studied its schematics to determine methods to use tarps to show the 2 forty five-foot-tall “o’s” into “e’s.”
Fernandez informed VICE the objective of the stunt was to create a dialog about marijuana and to pay homage to Danny Finegood, an artwork scholar at Cal State Northridge who initially modified the signal to Hollyweed within the Nineteen Seventies as a part of a faculty artwork undertaking.
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Police stated they have been investigating the incident as misdemeanor trespassing, versus vandalism, as a result of the signal was not broken in any means.
Los Angeles Metropolis Councilman David Ryu issued a press release Monday afternoon, saying his workplace “has urged the Metropolis Lawyer and LAPD to research and prosecute this case.”
“Whereas the Hollywood Signal is an internationally acknowledged icon, it’s situated in a big city wilderness park subsequent to hundreds of residential houses,” Ryu stated. “My workplace takes the security of residents and guests very significantly, and we’ll proceed to coordinate and advocate for visitors management measures and security efforts all through the areas subsequent to the Signal.”