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 president, Michele Capasso presented the project “Totem for Peace” ion the occasion of the international meeting "Territorial knowledge and regional development for businesses. Compared international experiences". The adhesions of the cities of Brasilia, Honolulu, Hanoi, Buenos Aires and Shangai, which all manifested enthusiasm for this peace initiative, was immediate.

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The Secretary General of the Union of Arab Maghreb, Habib Ben Yahia, Benita Ferrero-Waldner and the Director General of the European Institute of the Mediterranean, Senen Florensa, adopt the message of the “Totem for Peace” by the sculptor Molinari at the end of the celebrations for the 15th anniversary of the Euromediterranean Partnership and the Euromesco Conference.

“It is important – declared Habib Ben Yahia – to have a historical prospective for peace. This symbol is a hope for the region which was the birthplace of protagonists of world history”.






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Mario Molinari’ s red sail becomes an occasion of rapprochement for Israelis and Palestinians.
For the first time, during the inauguration of the Totem for Peace in Rabat, the Delegations of Israeli and Palestinian Parliaments met to deepen the strategies aiming at ensuring peace in that troubled region.
In particular, the President of Knesset Reuven Rivlin discussed with President Michele Capasso the existing difficulties and confirmed the absolute necessity of a path to peace through the existence of two Peoples within two States.

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The President of the Chamber of Representatives of the Kingdom of Morocco Abdelwahad Radi received from Jacopo Molinari and Alessandra Pertusati the book on the work of Mario Molinari: sculptor of colour and author of the Totem for Peace.

"I warmly thank for this precious present - President Radi said - which is evidence of the monumental work of a great sculptor who was able to represent plastically the values of friendship, joy, fraternity and peace".

Jacopo Molinari thanked, stressing the particular importance of the words of President Radi on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the sculptor’s death.

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During a meeting with President Michele Capasso, the Mayor of Rabat Fathallah Oualalou confirmed the realisation in the near future of the monumental work of the Totem for Peace by Molinari, in front of the National Library.
18 metres high, made of reinforced concrete, it will be symbol of peace, culture and human rights in Morocco and in the Arab world.

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