Twitter handles for London’s new council

After last night’s stunning election results in London, Ont., engaged citizens may wish to adjust their Twitter accounts. Here’s a list of councillors to follow, ward by ward:

Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 9.48.18 AMMayor: Matt Brown, @Matt_Brown_
Ward 1: Michael van Holst, @mikevanholst
Ward 2: Bill Armstrong, —
Ward 3: Mohamed Salih, @mohamedMOSalih
Ward 4: Jesse Helmer, @jesse_helmer
Ward 5: Maureen Cassidy, @MaureenPCassidy
Ward 6: Phil Squire, @SquirePhil
Ward 7: Josh Morgan, @mrjoshmorgan
Ward 8: Paul Hubert, @phubert1961
Ward 9: Anna Hopkins, @AnnaHopkins11
Ward 10: Virginia Ridley, @virginia_ridley
Ward 11: Steven Turner, @st3v3turn3r
Ward 12: Harold Usher, @iamsensational
Ward 13: Tanya Park, @tanneramma
Ward 14: Jared Zaifman, @JaredZaifman

Update (Nov. 28, 6:38 p.m.): Thanks to marketing technologist Mike Wickett for his correction on Ward 11 councillor-elect Steven Turner’s handle, which I misspelled earlier today.

Goodden’s blue heron to perch near the Thames

In a news release, London, Ont., mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best called it a sculpture that “will indeed become a key component of our downtown revitalization.”

That may be a bit of a stretch. But the prospect of a 500-kilogram great blue heron, made of steel and suspended from the upscale Renaissance Tower above special masonry below, bears all the marks of a very successful public-private partnership. Think London’s Via Rail station or the central branch of the London Public Library, except that this project will be much more about art than function.

Ted Goodden unveils a model of his great blue heron sculpture

At a news conference this afternoon in the lobby of the newly built tower immediately south of the John Labatt Centre, artist Ted Goodden unveiled a small model of his sculpture and spoke eloquently of the images he hopes it will evoke. The steel bird will “gesture” toward the forks of what the region’s First Nations called the Antler River — the waterway European settlers later called the Thames. For both aboriginals and Europeans, the river was the locus of community life and commercial activity. The great blue heron was, and still is, a common sight. In crafting his sculpture, Goodden envisioned the heron ascending toward King Street from a resting place on the river.

Goodden’s three-by-five-metre heron, when installed, will also function as a kind of seasonal timepiece, its left wing outfitted with a sundial-type orb that will track the sun’s movement and register the summer solstice and points of semiannual equinox on the brickwork at street level.

Goodden’s installation will mark the end of a competition that included more than a dozen entries from across Canada. The juried selection process was led by the London Arts Council. The project is worth $100,000. Tricar Group, owner of Renaissance Tower, was granted a higher residential density during the project’s development in exchange for a contribution in the form of public art, guided by the city’s public art policy, which was adopted in January.

Goodden’s sculpture should be in place by the end of the year. Its design has already been tested by the Alan G. Davenport Wind Engineering Group at the University of Western Ontario.

London Free Press video of this afternoon’s event is here.