There is a villa in Pompeii which was first discovered in 1943 and excavated in 1947 : the so-called "Villa Imperiale" (VIMP).
The roof constructed at that time is in the meantime leaking ; as a result in addition to the general dilapidation the very important mural paintings in Sala A are being damaged.
The writers were so shocked that this initiative has been started to collect donations in order that a new roof can be constructed under the supervision of the donators.
Pompeii does not only consist of ruins. Fantastic mural paintings still exist today in some houses and villas insofar as they have not been moved to museums. Some of them have a stunning fascination in spite of their age of more than 2000 years. The colourful variety of the pictorial subjects, the detailed richness of the mural paintings and the fascinating colours of the rooms give the visitor a long-lasting impression of joy. As with the romanticists of the 19th century, idyllic fantasies from the Gulf of Naples during the summer are revived with its ancient villas and country properties and recall the associations with Greece and Egypt.
These impressions of joy can fade away very quickly
when visiting the same rooms in winter. The damp sadness of the rooms
corresponds to the grey clouded sky outside. Rain trickles through the
ceiling, collects on the walls and runs down in several streams over
A very specific site is the "Villa Imperiale". It was excavated and in part reconstructed following the Second World War and has remained closed for visits by the general public ever since then for reasons of security. The preciousness of the paintings and mosaic floors located therein permitted only a few visitors, most of them scholars. Today, however, the very substance of the paintings are endangered, since the reconstructed roof is leaking. A collection of art decorations is thus threatened, which can be compared qualitatively with the paintings in the Palace of Augustus on the Palatine Hill in Rome.
What must be done? The construction of a new
roof instead of the old leaking roof. For this reason we are looking
for contributions from foundations, banks, companies and individuals
who appreciate art, in order to raise an estimated amount of euro 100,000
which is necessary to undertake the project and to start the necessary
The idea and the principles of this project were defined in May 2001 in a discussion between Prof. Pietro Giovanni Guzzo, Soprintendente degli scavi a Pompei, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ehrhardt of the University of Freiburg and Dr. Ing. Eckhard Tiemann. Prof. Guzzo is prepared to approve by special arrangement work undertaken by outside contractors on the site, so that this can be completed under the supervision of the contributors.