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 Gruppo Fiengo, led by Ciro Fiengo, donated a monumental molten rock to be used as a base for the Totem for Peace in San Sebastiano al Vesuvio.

The processing of the stone needs very highly skilled workers due to its 40 ton weight.

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A race against time for an impossibile mission: the creation of a traffic roundabout with the Totem for Peace within the 25th of September 2010, on the occasion of the Europarc 2010 in Pescasseroli with 30 countries delegates and internationally renowned people.

The president Michele Capasso did not stop when in difficulty and in few days drafted an operation plan, involved the economic stakeholders and started the works: a real “miracle for peace”.

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To conclude the 6thEdition of “Angels and Devils” and the unveiling of the Totem for Peace, the Fondazione Mediterraneo presented in a world preview the "Song for Peace" written by Michele Capasso and Antonio Voria.
The first presentation occured in the astonishing setting of "Angels and Devils" and was accompanied by a crowd of “little angels”.
On this occasion the "Poem for Peace" by Rita Fioravante was read.

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At the end of the unveiling ceremony of the Totem for Peace, the President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo Michele Capasso with the mayors Michele Voria (Rutino), Piero Rustico (Ispica), Mario Mangione (Vernole), Giuseppe Capasso (San Sebastiano al Vesuvio) and Franco Alfieri (Agropoli) unveiled the panel – a work by skilful artists from Vietri sul Mare, coordinated by Prof. Giuseppe De Lorenzo – representing a planisphere with the main cities in the world that will build the Totem for Peace.

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