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.




During a ceremony held in the Prefecture of Chieti, the prefect of Chieti Giacomo Barbato and the president Michele Capasso handed over to the General of B. dott. Riccardo Piermarini - Commander of the National Administrative Center of the General Command of the Carabinieri - a copy of the "Totem for Peace" by the sculptor Mario Molinari created for the celebrations of the Unity of Italy.

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The President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo Michele Capasso - on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the establishment of the Municipality of Carthage - met the mayor Hayet Bayoudh and the deputy mayor Rym Nouira - architect and project manager - in the Municipality building to verify the possibility of creating the monumental work "Totem of Peace" of the sculptor Mario Molinari in Carthage, between the Mosque and the Cathedral: symbol of peace and interreligious dialogue.

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On the occasion of the "Day of Migrants and Refugees", the city of Naples paid tribute to the "Totem of Peace" (Molinari sculptor) with the urn of the Unknown Migrant, which became the symbol of the refugees who launch an appeal against the closure of the ports, for a policy of welcoming and integrating all those fleeing wars.
The "Totem of Peace" - which the Fondazione Mediterraneo is spreading all over the world - increasingly represents refugees, the weak, the poor and those who are victims of injustice and illegality.
In particular, the monumental work made in front of the Maritime Station of the Port of Naples - donated to the Coast Guard Corps on the occasion of the 150th anniversary - contains the relics of the Unknown Migrant, brought by the Coast Guard officers of Lampedusa on March 21st 2015 in presence of Pope Francis

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