Someone asked, “Does a well known landmark (Eiffel Tower - Golden Gate Bridge) diminish the artistic value of a painting?”
I replied: A good painting is a good painting. You see art through the lens of what life experience you brought with you. If your only experience is a cheap flirtation with the tourist industry, and you can't grow out of that . . . well . . . we just make paintings and like I said, a good painting is a good painting.
There are many kinds of landmarks and the most personal of them are never seen, but only experienced. These might be a recurring sensation of well being, or the physical experience of beauty, or the eye opening awareness that grows in the understanding of poetry in our lives.
“What makes that?” you ask, and I cannot tell you but I know it exists and feel it deep in my heart.