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 Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 May Turin turned pink for the 94th edition of the Giro d’Italia. The city was protagonist of the first stop: starting from Venaria Reale and arriving in Piazza Vittorio Veneto. Along the route the cyclists passed Corso Regina Margherita close to the Tricolored Totem for Peace by sculptor Mario Molinari.

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On May 4, was opened in Turin the Tricolored Totem for Peace by the Italian sculptor Mario Molinari, during the visit of President Napolitano for the 150th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy.
Great participation of the public for the inauguration ceremony of the monumental work "Tricolored Totem for Peace", including the young people of the civil service, the Moroccan community of Turin, the Moroccan Consul Nourredine Radhi. Numerous messages were received, including that of the President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano, the President of the Republic of Malta Gorge Abela, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Franco Frattini and the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso, who applauded this initiative by sharing its high aims.

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In a message sent to the Mayor of Turin Sergio Chiamparino, the President ofthe Province of Turin, Antonio Saitta, and the President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo Michele Capasso, President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano expressed his satisfaction for the realization in Turin of the Tricolored Totem for Peace by sculptor Mario Molinari.

Napolitano expressed "deep appreciation for this important initiative with which Turin wanted to remember the 150th Anniversary of the Italian Unity".

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