Iconic photographer Bill Cunningham passed away last weekend, sending the art and fashion world into mourning. Now, a petition has been started by Cunningham's friend, the furniture auctioneer Nick Nicholson, to rename the artist's favorite shooting spot "Bill Cunningham Corner."
During his 50-year career, Cunningham captured most of his street styles pictures at his preferred haunt, located at the corner of 57th St and Fifth Ave.
The Change.org petition is asking for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's approval and has garnered more than 1,700 signatures in under 24 hours. It needs 2,500 to be submitted for the Mayor's consideration.
However, WWD reports that a renaming is uncertain: Due to legal red tape, it's more likely that a commemorative plaque or statue be erected to remember the late photographer.
The Mayor has already voiced his respect for Cunningham:
We will remember Bill's blue jacket and bicycle. But most of all we will remember the vivid, vivacious New York he captured in his photos.
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) June 25, 2016
And former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris Carine Roitfeld has officially endorsed the petition:
Whether or not 57th and Fifth gets Cunningham's name, we vow to cherish and remember him for what he was: a true artist.