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 celebrations for the tenth anniversary of the construction - in 2010 - of the monumental work "Totem of Peace" in Gaeta, Rutino, San Sebastiano al Vesuvio, Pescasseroli, Rome (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Rome (Presidency of the Council of Ministers), Rabat (Parliament of Morocco).
In Pescasseroli 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 celebrated the tenth anniversary by emphasizing the importance of the Totem of Peace as a symbol of safeguarding the environment.
On this occasion, President Cannata connected directly with the other cities and announced the upcoming celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the Park's constitution (2022-2023) hoping for the involvement of the main Mediterranean parks for a common meeting aimed at exchanging of good practice experiences and coordination activities.
President Capasso proposed on this occasion to host an exhibition for 2022-2023 at the Museum of Peace - MAMT in Naples dedicated to the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise on the occasion of the centenary, as part of the program "Italy from to discover"

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The tenth anniversary of the construction of the monumental work "TOTEM OF PEACE" in Rutino was celebrated with a webinar ceremony in Naples, Marrakech and Rutino.
On 7 August 2010 the president of the Fondazione Mediterraneo Michele Capasso, the late mayor of Rutino Michele Voria and Mrs Pia Molinari inaugurated the monumental work "Totem of Peace" by the sculptor Mario Molinari.
The work, 16 meters high and immovable, was built next to the church by choice of the then Bishop Monsignor Favale and built with the contribution of the whole town. It was the first work in the world of this size that passed the baton to all the others created. The ceremony was attended by political, cultural and religious personalities of the Euro-Mediterranean countries. Danilo Amerio with Antonio Voria performed in a concert in honor of the "Totem of Peace". On the occasion of the tenth anniversary, the International Committee for the Totem of Peace decided to propose to the municipality of Rutino as owner the space where the Totem of Peace is located to the late mayor Michele Voria who was the first promoter and architect of the realization of the monumental work in Rutino.
The "largo Michele Voria" is the right recognition for the work he carried out.

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The president Michele Capasso, the director Pia Molinari - together with all the members of the Fondazione Mediterraneo, of the Federazione Anna Lindh Italy and of the Museum of Peace - MAMT - remember with love Sister Maria Pia Giudici stressing her support for the Totem for Peace and for the activities associations, visits to the Museum, meetings with young people and the poor from various countries, participation in the "Kimiyya" meeting for women's rights and many other moments that have characterized the last decade, leaving an indelible mark of a great friend.
President Capasso mourns the Mother, the Sister and the Friend keeping in his heart his definition of "Hunter of the positive and all that is True, Beautiful, Good"

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