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.




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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The President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo prof. Michele Capasso, the President of the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise prof. Giovanni Cannata and the Director of the Park Colonel Luciano Sammarone celebrate the tenth anniversary of the construction of the monumental work "TOTEM OF PEACE".

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