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.




A  Totem for Peace with the colours of the Italian flag will be raised in Turin, in 2011, on the occasion of the celebrations for the 150th Anniversary  of the Italian Unity. The news was given in Naples by Michele Capasso, president of Fondazione Mediterraneo during the presentation of the initiatives for the Shoah Day.

The International Committee of Fondazione Mediterraneo – entrusted with the implementation of the Totems for Peace worldwide – has permitted to build a Totem aimed at paying tribute to the 150th  Anniversary of the Italian Unity. The Totem, that will be unveiled by the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano,  will be 16 meters high, built in reinforced concrete and  thoroughly tricolour, in honour of the national flag colours.

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During a meeting with the Mayor of Rabat Fathallah Oualalou and the Director of the National Library of Morocco Driss Khrouz has been established the place where will be erected the Totem for Peace, 30 metres high.
The site chosen is located in front of the Library in correspondence with the grand entrance staircase.

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During a meeting with the Mayor of Fez Hamid Chabat and with the Deputy Mayor Touhami El Amouri, President Michele Capasso established with them the site where will be constructed the Totem for Peace by the sculptor Mario Molinari. The site chosen is located between Independence Square and the beginning of Allal El Fassi street.

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The City Council of Turin decided to put a commemorative plaque remembering the artist Mario Molinari on the facade of the building in Via Saluzzo where he used to live and work.

Born in Coazze in 1930 and dead in Turin on the 27th of november 2000, he began his career exposing at the Galleria Gian Ferri in Milan and at the Wolford Gallery in New York. He is one of the founders of the surrealistic group "Surfanta". He was a pioneer of Luci d´Artista, an eclectic man rich of multifaceted expressions. In his artistic research the constant metamorphose of materials, shapes and thoughts is relevant.

Some of his permanent monumental works,among which the "Totem for Peace", are exposed in several places such as the Frais Church (Chiomonte), Garambois Square (Oulx), Bruges harbor (Belgium), Mauriziano Hospital, Abruzzo Park, Cilento Park, Vesuvio Park.

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In a meeting with the Governor of the Oued Eddahb-Lagouira region, Hamid Chabar, and the Moroccan Prime Minister’s councillor, Driss Guerraoui, it was install the Totem for Peace, symbol of peace, in the very region where there is still tension with the Polisario Front, so as to demonstrate the inevitability of the peace process. Among the sites examined: the new port and the desert where it touches the Atlantic Ocean.

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