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 city of Latina has declared to be fully ready to realize the Totem for Peace in association with the Chamber of Commerce of Latina.


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The Totem for Peace is a symbol of peace that joins both the message of Pope Benedetto XVI of January the 1st 2010 and that of the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano of December the 31st 2009.
The master work of the "Totem for Peace" by the Italian sculptor Mario Molinari was used as part of the scenario at the Rai Auditorium in Naples, during the Ephifany Concert.

The "Totem for Peace" symbolically represents the peace process: the fact that the most important cities in the world - together with many other small and big towns - have shown interest in realizing this symbol of peace, strengthens the Fondazione Mediterraneo to go on in this long and complex way, but the only one way to go: the peace.

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The “Maison de la Paix”, conceived by architect and engineer Michele Capasso, becomes a concrete project.

In 1994 Michele Capasso founded the Fondazione Mediterraneo with its main actions: the “Maison de la Méditerranée” and the “Maison des Alliances”, with the headquarter in Naples.
In the last days was presented the tird action of Fondazione Mediterraneo: the “Maison de la Paix”.

The project was proposed to the Sultanate of Oman: in Muscat (the capital) and in Salalah (near the Yemen), where President Capasso made meetings aimed at the realization of the work.

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