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.

(M. MOLINARI)

 

Ten years ago the "Totem of Peace" was inaugurated in San Sebastiano al Vesuvio.
The monumental work of the sculptor Mario Molinari - which the Fondazione Mediterraneo is spreading all over the world - was installed in front of the Municipality of San Sebastiano al Vesuvio and dedicated to Raffaele Capasso, Mayor of the town for 35 years and architect of the reconstruction after the eruption of Vesuvius in 1944.
A few days after the thirtieth anniversary of the death of Raffaele Capasso, the prefect Valentini comes on an institutional visit to the Municipality of San Sebastiano al Vesuvio also to see its diversity from the hinterland, thanks to the pioneering work of Raffaele Capasso and the administrators who have followed one another. .
Upon his arrival in the Town Hall, Prefect Valentini was welcomed by the Mayor Salvatore Sannino, by the Municipal Council and by the Municipal Councilors, in the presence of the Military, Civil and Religious Authorities.
After a brief interview in the Mayor's Office, the Prefect of Naples participated in the greeting ceremony, organized (in compliance with the current distancing measures) at the "Raffaele Capasso" Council Chamber, where he was greeted by the greeting of the Prime Minister Municipal Gianluca Sannino.
During the ceremony, the Mayor Salvatore Sannino wanted to thank the Prefect Valentini for choosing the Municipality of San Sebastiano al Vesuvio as the site of his visit and he carried out an intervention during which he illustrated the many activities of the Municipal Administration, putting in place highlights the contribution of voluntary associations and the fundamental role for the community of the Parish of San Sebastiano Martire.
The Prefect of Naples thanked the Mayor and the Community for the welcome received, highlighting how San Sebastiano al Vesuvio, from the data in the possession of the Prefecture, represents one of the examples of virtuous Municipalities, in contrast to the various criticalities that are found in the province . In this sense, he hoped that the example of San Sebastiano al Vesuvio could "infect" other realities as well.
Prefect Valentini also wanted to highlight how the care of the territory and local policies represent one of the first elements to promote urban security, since the issue cannot be reduced to just the intervention of the police.
At the end of the ceremony, Mayor Salvatore Sannino paid homage to the Prefect with a lava stone plaque, while the Local Section of the National Carabinieri Association and UNIPAN offered some gifts
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On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the inauguration of the sculptor Mario Molinari's "Totem of Peace" at the Farnesina, a commemorative ceremony was held with the main participants in that event: from Princess WIjdan Al Hashemi of Jordan to Mons. Fouad Twal, formerly Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, and to the representatives of the Governments and Ambassadors who attended then.
President Michele Capasso underlined the importance of the "Totem of Peace" as a symbol that brings together many countries of the world: "Just on the eve of the peace meetings scheduled in Rome on 20 October 2020, having remembered the long journey of 'monumental work that the Fondazione Mediterraneo is spreading throughout the world constitutes a call to brotherhood and unity - indispensable in a difficult moment in our history - also through symbols ”.

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The president of the Mediterranean Foundation Michele Capasso and the architect Vincenzo Latina - recipient of the "Mediterranean City of Dialogue Award 2020" paid tribute to the Totem of Peace with the urn of the unknown migrant located in the Port of Naples, in the center of the Maritime Station and in the square dedicated to the Coast Guard.
On this occasion, also in the name of the Island of Lampedusa, olive branches from the island were laid: an ideal bond which was strengthened also in consideration that the relics of migrants contained in the urn of the "Totem of Peace" in the Port of Naples (inaugurated by Pope Francis on 21 March 2015) were brought by the Commander of the Coast Guard of Lampedusa.
The architect Vincenzo Latina adhered to the proposal to create a similar monumental work within the project he developed for the recovery of the Lampedusa quarries
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In full compliance with the rules of distancing and protection for Covid 19, the award ceremony of the "Mediterranean Award 2020" was held at the headquarters of the Museum of Peace - MAMT in Naples, which inaugurated the celebratory activities for the thirtieth anniversary of the Fondazione Mediterraneo .
For the "Institutions" section, the prize was awarded to the Island of Lampedusa, represented by the Mayor Dr. Salvatore Martello, present webinar.
Representatives of the political, cultural and institutional world of various Mediterranean countries and the members of the juries were present in the room.
The prize, consisting of the work "Totem of Peace" by the sculptor Mario Molinari, was symbolically awarded by the president prof. Michele Capasso and Dr. Pia Molinari waiting to carry out the official ceremony in Lampedusa in the coming weeks.
On the occasion of the Foundation's thirtieth anniversary, President Capasso recalled the many activities and "Laboratories for Peace" carried out in Lampedusa and culminating in the historic visit of Pope Francis on 8 July 2013 and the contemporary appeal launched in Lampedusa by the Foundation same day.
Mayor Martello thanked for the prestigious award that honors the island and its inhabitants.
On this occasion it was proposed to create the monumental work "Totem of Peace" on the Island of Lampedusa to strengthen the bond also in consideration that the relics of migrants present in the "Totem of Peace" in the Port of Naples (inaugurated by Pope Francis March 21, 2015) were brought by the Commander of the Coast Guard of Lampedusa.
The architect Vincenzo Latina proposed to carry out the work within the project he developed for the recovery of the quarries
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