Everything around the image is part of its meaning. Its uniqueness is part of the uniqueness of the single place where it is. Everything around it confirms and consolidates its meaning. The extreme example is the icon. Worshippers converge upon it. Behind its image is God. Before it believers close their eyes. They do not need to go on looking at it. They know that it marks the place of meaning.
Now, it belongs to no place, and you can see such an icon in your home. The images come to you; you do not go to them. The days of pilgrimage are over.
- John Berger, Ways of Seeing (1972)