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.




The ceremony of inauguration of the  “Totem of Peace” by the   sculptor Mario Molinari was held at Thermae Pausilya (Pausilya Thermal Baths).
Among those present - with Giovanni, Mario and Antonella Morra – the of Southern Italy Harbour Master Admiral Picone, the president of the Tribunal of Naples Carlo Alemi, the mayor of Naples Luigi de Magistris, the vice president of the Province of Naples Gennaro Ferrara, the secretary general of the Port Authority Emilio Squillante, the secretary general of UCOI Michele di Gianni, the president of Fondazione Mediterraneo Michele Capasso with  Pia Molinari - responsible for the project “Totem of Peace across the World” - and Claudio Azzolini – responsible for institutional relations -,  professors Marco Salvatore and Dauphin Colemann, Emanuele and Luciana Vittorio, Rosario Bianco, the consuls of Venezuela, Malta, Albania, Cyprus, Pakistan and other representatives of the diplomatic and consular corps.
The totem was blessed by Don Antonio from the  Church of Santa Maria del Parto, with a particularly touching ceremony.

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Andreu Claret, Executive Director of the "Anna Lindh" Foundation, together with the President of Fondazione Mediterraneo Michele Capasso and Pia Molinari, responsible of the programme "Totem for Peace", visited the Tricolored Totem for Peace by Molinari allocated in Naples in front of the Diocesan Museum.

"It is an importand symbol which is spreading around the world - said Claret - and the "Anna Lindh" Foundation joined this project as one of the main partners".

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The Councillor of the Prime Minister of Morocco Driss Guerraui and the Ambassador of the Palestinian Authority to the European Union Leila Shahid went to make tribute to the Totem for Peace in San Sebastiano al Vesuvio, realized to honour the Mayor Raffaele Capasso. For the occasion there was the symbolic "passing of the baton" from San Sebastiano al Vesuvio to Rabat and Gaza where other Totems for Peace will be realized soon.

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