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Sterling Heights Picks 5 Finalists For Golden Ring Name, Invites Public To Vote

March 25, 2019 - 1:27 pm

(WWJ) What should be the official name for that big golden ring on Hall Road?

The results are in, the city of Sterling Heights says, after it asked people to suggest names for "the Golden Corridor Icon" -- and the public can now vote on a winner. 

Here are the five finalists (in alphabetical order):

 1 - The Aurum: “Aurum” is the Latin word for gold. It’s also the name of the element Au, which is gold’s chemical symbol. (Idea first submitted by Colleen Glodich of Sterling Heights)

 2 - The Halo: “Halo” is a disk or a circle of light around the sun, moon or other luminous body caused by a refraction through ice crystals in the atmosphere. Can also be called “The Halo” on Hall Road. (Idea first submitted by Connie Truszkowski of Sterling Heights).

 3 - The Overture: “Overture” is an introduction, opening or initiation toward a new relationship or something more substantial. In music and especially operas, it’s the prelude or the introductory piece. (Idea first submitted by Deborah Torres of Sterling Heights).

 4 - The Sun Gate: When standing facing east, one can see the sun rise through the Icon. “Sun Gate” is also the name for the entrance to the ancient city of Machu Picchu that is dedicated to the sun god. Visitors to this spot can see the sun rise over the mountains. (Idea first submitted by Shannon Geiger of Roseville). 

 5 - Standing “O”: A “Standing Ovation” is an enthusiastic reaction to a performance or speech when people stand up to clap and show their appreciation. (Idea first submitted by Melanie Herrick of Detroit).


The city said it received 6,070 individual submissions; and with three options a piece, more than 18,000 different name ideas came through. 

Some sillier names that weren't chosen as finalists, the city said, include Bob, Steve, Oprah’s Bat Signal, My Precious, Ringy McRingface, 2008 Detroit Lions Wins Memorial, O Hall Yeah, Hall Road Hulahoop, One Ring to Rule the Hall and The Golden Cheero. 

"We have to say one thing: you guys are certainly creative!" reads a release on the city's website

There's been a lot of talk about the 35-foot structure since it appeared in the M-59/Hall Road median in January -- part of a $1.8 million landscape project branding the stretch the "Golden Corridor." While some residents have complained about the price tag (around $339,350 total for the ring and signs), lighthearted jabs have been the norm, with jokes referencing Lord of the Rings, Sonic the Hedgehog and Stargate. 

While the icon's most notable nickname thus far has been "The Golden Butthole" (celebrated by a Twitter account and Facebook page), it appears the city is hoping that less-than-flattering moniker won't stick. 

Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor has said he was prepared to take some ribbing about the ring, but he stands by it as a part of bigger plans for the city's future. (Read more here).

Only one vote is allowed per person, according to the city. Voting will be open until midnight on Thursday, March 28, and the winner will be announced at 10 a.m. EST on Friday, March 29.