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.




In only five weeks, despite of the technical difficulties and the bad weather, the work of the Totem for Peace by the sculptor Mario Molinari was completed.

Higly skilled ceramists from Vietri sul Mare led by Prof. Giuseppe Di Lorenzo made the panel "Totem for Peace in the World" with all the main towns in which it will be created. In the meanwhile, skilful and patient craftsmen engraved by hand in concrete the writing "Molinari Scultore - Totem for Peace".

The President Capasso followed personally the final steps of the work.

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The President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo Michele Capasso, on the occasion of the awarding ceremony for the “Mediterranean Award- Honour Medal" to the Albanian President Jozefina Topalli, suggested that the Mayor of Capri Ciro Lembo located the Totem for Peace by the sculptor Mario Molinari in a remarkable place in the town.
In the next days, the local administration will assess the suggestion.


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The mayor of Ispica Piero Rustico said to the Fondazione Mediterraneo the place where the Totem for Peace, work by the sculptor from Turin Mario Molinari, will be located.
The unveiling will happen within 2010 on the occasion of the opening of the restored Municipality Hall of Ispica in the historic Palazzo Bruno.

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Michele Capasso, President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo visited Positano after 30 years (he is among the authors of the Hotel San Pietro in Positano) and promoted the project of the Totem for Peace, by the sculptor artist Mario Molinari, to be implemented all over the world.

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