By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The iconic Hollywood Sign is getting a makeover for its 100th anniversary.

The Hollywood Sign Trust, the nonprofit responsible for maintaining the sign, announced it has completed the first stage of restoration work ahead of the 2023 anniversary.

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The nonprofit is working to restore the sign to its “pristine condition,” achieved in its rebuild in 1978.

The first phase, which began on Oct. 15, consisted of clearing eroded soil accumulation and removing construction debris, bushes and other material within five feet of the sign’s base.

“The last time soils were cleared from the sign base was prior to a major makeover and painting in 2012. Soil collects at the base of some letters more than others, which leads to soil buildup and rust,” said Trustee Brian Lane.

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While restoration efforts were underway, crews uncovered the names and handprints of some of the workers on the 1978 rebuild crew in the foundation.

Crews also found remnants of a “lean-to system” that was used to hold up the original 1923 Hollywoodland sign.

The trust funded the cleanup project and collaborated with the Department of Recreation and Parks.

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