This is a tough one for me. Artdaily.org has reported that the Sistine Chapel is in danger of falling apart because of the some where near 20,000 visitors a day that visit the masterpiece.
I have had the pleasure of standing in the Sistine Chapel twice in my life. And I plan on returning again some day. It was a life changing experience. There are no words to describe how I felt when I saw it for the first time. I was 17 and I knew that art would be part of my life forever because nothing else made me feel the way art does. It is like love. The second time I was almost running; in fact I think my husband and I did run in order to beat the crowd. My heart was racing with anticipation. It was like running in the airport to hug your family after a long time away. I could breath again.
So, the idea of that experience not existing for future generations makes me sad. It is also a reminder that nothing is permanent; no matter how hard you try to keep it safe.
*photos courtesy of wikipedia.com