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 realization of the “Tricolored Totem for Peace” in Turin has been started up after the Municipal Council’s resolution approved on 15 March 2011. It is the work of the Turinese sculptor Mario Molinari that, on the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the Italian Unity,  will be the greatest tricolour artwork ever realized in Italy.

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On the occasion  of the celebrations for the 150th  Anniversary of the Italian Unity, the president of  Fondazione  Mediterraneo  Michele Capasso has informed the  President of the Province of Turin  Antonio Saitta that he has been granted the “Medal Honour” of the Mediterranean Award 2011, representing the Totem for Peace  realized by the sculptor Mario Molinari. The official awarding ceremony will be held in Naples during the month of May.

President  Saitta is the sponsor  of the  Tricolored Totem for Peace that will be realized in Turin over the next weeks in the Pellerina Park on the corner of corso Regina Margherita and  corso Lecce.

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On Friday  4 March 2011 at  12: 20 a.m., in  the Sala Vesuvio  at  the seat of the Fondazione Mediterraneo – “Maison de la Paix” (130,  Via Depretis, Naples – 4th floor ), the official programme of the initiatives to be held in Turin for the 150th Anniversary of the Italian Unity  was presented.

The press conference started with the greeting of Michele Capasso, president of the Fondazione Mediterraneo.  Then followed speeches by:  Fiorenzo Alfieri, in charge of   Culture and of the 150th  Anniversary of the Italian Unity  at the  Municipality of Turin,  Carla Testore, for the Communication and Press Bureau of the Cultural Valorisation Consortium  La Venaria Reale  and   Prof. Pierluigi Leone de Castris, curator of the Naples section within the exhibition  “La Bella Italia”. The works were coordinated by  Roberto Race, member of the international scientific committee of the Fondazione Mediterraneo.

On this occasion the project “TRICOLORED TOTEM FOR PEACE” by the Turinese sculptor Mario Molinari which is due to be realized  in Turin along  Corso Regina Margherita and   Corso Lecce, as a symbol of Peace and Unity,  was presented. During the same day,  Abdelwahed Radi, president of the Moroccan Parliament and of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean handed over symbolically the Totem for Peace to the mayor of Turin Sergio Chiamparino:  in fact the “Totem for Peace” has been recently realized at the seat of the Moroccan Parliament.

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On  2 March  2011 Michele Capasso, president of Fondazione Mediterraneo met the president of the Moroccan Parliament Abdelwahed Radi in Rome and the mayor of Turin Sergio Chiamparino in Naples, playing the role of “carrier” of the Totem for Peace.

The President of the Chamber of Representatives of the Moroccan Kingdom Abdelwahed Radi – Secretary-General of the Moroccan socialist party – has formally handed over the Totem for Peace to the  mayor of Turin Sergio Chiamparino. Since 4 March 2011, Radi is the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean: an institution joined by the delegations of 43 Countries, established in 2003 at the Fondazione Mediterraneo.

On the same day, President Capasso met the mayor of Turin Sergio Chiamparino in Naples, with whom he has agreed to realize the "Tricolored Totem" on the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the Italian Unity.

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A "Totem for Peace" formed by a red sail, symbol of the tragedies that brought bloodshed to the Mediterranean, Europe and the Middle East as well as two yellow and orange semicircles, representing dawn and sunset. This is the award, signed by the sculptor Mario Molinari, of "Memoriae", the second edition of the  event in memory of the Shoah, which was held on Monday 7 February at the Sala Filangieri of the Tribunale Amministrativo Regionale per la Campania.

- As for the section  Memoriae of the Shoah, the Prize was awarded to the sisters  Andra and Tatiana Bucci, born in Fiume and deported to the concentration camp of Birkenau at the age of 4 and 7, together with other family members;

- As for the section  Other  Memoriae, the Prize awarded to Lawyer Pasquale Cappuccio, brutally killed by the Camorra more than 30 years ago, was collected by his daughter  Emma Lorena;

- As for the section Postmemoriae, the Prize was awarded to the memory of Shmuel Haddas, first Israeli Ambassador to the Holy See  who died in January 2010.

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