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 students of the Maria Ausiliatrice Institute in Torre Annunziata have "framed" the Totem for Peace by Mario Molinari - donated by the Fondazione Mediterraneo - with the commitments made for this new school year: prayer, trust, future, respect, honesty, friendship, experience, collaboration.
Thanks to Sister Angela and to all sisters
Daughters of Maria Ausiliatrice.

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On the occasion of the day dedicated to solidarity and hospitality, President Michele Capasso welcomed visitors from all over the world gathered around the Totem for Peace by sculptor Mario Molinari. The monumental work with the urn of the "Unknown Migrant" was built in the Piazzale Costiera Costiera of the Port of Naples and visited by Pope Francis.

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Mid-August in the sign of peace and solidarity among peoples.
The values of dialogue, peace and solidarity were reaffirmed during a meeting.
Before the Totem for Peace by the sculptor Molinari - made in the heart of Pescasseroli - The prefect of Chieti Giacomo Barbato and the president Michele Capasso confirmed the need for a more just society based on the values of solidarity and respect for the other

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On the occasion of the "Napoli Porto Aperto" event, the "Totem of Peace" (Molinari sculptor) with the urn of the Unknown Migrant becomes the symbol of the refugees who launch an appeal against the closure of ports, for a reception and integration policy of all those escaping from 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 carried out 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 officers of the Coast Guard of Lampedusa the March 21, 2015 in the presence of Pope Francis.

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