Totem for Peace

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The Fondazione Mediterraneo – an international non-profit Organisation of Social Utility (Onlus) created in 1994 by Michele Capasso with specialists and internationally recognised scholars on the Euro-Mediterranean area, politicians of international organisations and diplomats involved in peace-building – realised important initiatives in favour of peace and shared development: among these, the creation in Naples of the “Maison de la Paix – Casa Universale delle Culture”. Many Countries and international organisations such as the United Nations, the Parliamentary Assembly of the  Mediterranean, the League of Arab States, the International Organisation for Migrations, the “Anna Lindh” Euro-Mediterranean Foundation joined this project.

The “Totem for Peace”, artwork by the Italian sculptor Mario Molinari, is the symbol of the “Maison de la Paix – Casa Universale delle Culture” and it represents Peace in the World and, especially, in the Greater Mediterranean: the aim of the Fondazione Mediterraneo is to spread this universal symbol to constitute the network of the “Cities for Peace in the World”.

The sculptor Mario Molinari was a famous artist, sensitive to peace and dialogue among cultures, as it is witnessed in his works and life.

The cultural project "Totem for Peace" is carried out around the world by Michele Capasso: since 1990 he voted his life to the creation of a dialogue as an instrument for the resolution of conflicts, combining his internationally experience in social and intercultural fields with his professional carreer as architect and engineer.

The sail represents the travel, the sea. Our Sea which has been the cradle of civilisation, not only theatre of clashes and battles among peoples but also theatre of exchanges of goods and knowledge. A sea, celebrated in the myth, where Ulysses got lost, wandering in his desperate research of a way back. The sail tainted in red, at dawn and sunset, at leaving and return, following the constant rhythm of the Universe.




A historical procession with the Mayors of the municipalities of the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park and other authorities took place around the "Totem for Peace", located in Pescasseroli in front of the Park headquarters.
The monumental work by sculptor Mario Molinari is the symbol of the "United States of the World": an avenue in the National Park Visitor Centre was dedicated to it and explanatory panels were placed around the "Totem for Peace".

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A ceremony was held in Oulx to affix the plaque to the work by sculptor Mario Molinari entitled 'Equilateral', dedicated to blood donors.
Present were the mayors of Oulx, Sauze d'Oulx, Cesana Torinese and other municipalities, as well as the AIDO (Blood Donor Associations) delegations from Bardonecchia, Susa and other valley municipalities.
Professor Evelina Bertero, former mayor of Oulx, coordinated the event.

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General Ignazio Gibilaro, Inter-Regional Commander of Southern Italy of the Guardia di Finanza, received a sample of the "Tricolored Totem for Peace" created on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy.
The ceremony was held at the headquarters of the Interregional Command in Naples in the presence of the President of the Fondazione Mediterrano Michele Capasso and the Director of the Museum of Peace - MAMT Pia Molinari.

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Don Luigi Ciotti spoke in San Sebastiano al Vesuvio at the day "Love is not enough...Choose to be" organised by the Liceo scientifico Salvatore Di Giacomo in the presence of Mayor Panico, the school headmaster Pandolfi and a large number of students fascinated by his words on the themes of legality and the fight against mafias.
Don Luigi Ciotti in 2019 - during a ceremony at the Prefecture of Chieti - received on behalf of "Libera" the "RAFFAELE CAPASSO" MEDITERRANEAN PRIZE FOR LEGALITY.
And today it is in San Sebastiano al Vesuvio, where Raffale Capasso was Mayor of Reconstruction for 40 years in the name of legality and the fight against the Camorra and the Mafia.
The Totem for Peace in front of the San Sebastiano al Vesuvio Town Hall was made by Turin sculptor Mario Molinari, a friend of Don Luigi Ciotti.

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The Prefect of Naples Claudio Palomba - during a visit to the seat of the Fondazione Mediterraneo - received a copy of the "Tricolour Totem for Peace", created on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy and representing the monumental work of the sculptor Mario Molinari created in Turin for that occasion.
It was presented to the Prefect by Pia Molinari and Michele Capasso, President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo.
On this occasion, Prefect Palomba recalled his presence as Prefect of Turin from 2018 to 2021 and the importance of the Piedmontese capital in the history of Italy.

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