Gloriette-R1 is a modern-day American folly. Designed by Andrew Kovacs (Colossal Cacti; Rainbow Forest), it celebrates the 100 year anniversaries of both the HOLLYWOOD Sign and the Hollywoodland neighborhood, for which it was originally built.

Re-mixed from meticulously selected, repurposed wood and corrugated metal found in Los Angeles, the construction pays homage to the original Hollywoodland Sign as much as the form draws inspiration from the enchanting storybook architecture of the neighborhood's earliest homes. The result reflects both landmarks' past, present, and futures; while simultaneously exploring the tension between a global icon and the charming homes just below.

The work is a contemporary iteration of 12th-century French garden sculptures known as gloriettes, with "R1" signifying the predominant single-family zoning in housing deficient Los Angeles.

The installation is visible at the Mulholland Hwy. entrance to Griffith Park — 6101 Mulholland Hwy, Los Angeles, CA 90068. Parking is available in nearby Lake Hollywood Estates at the Innsdale Trailhead.


Private Property. No Trespassing. No Climbing.
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