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.




On the eve of the G20 meeting to be held in Rome on 30 and 31 October 2021, the majority of the States participating in the UNITED STATES OF THE WORLD project - proposed in 1990 by the Fondazione Mediterraneo based on an idea of Gustavo Rol - ratified that the symbol of the UNITED STATES OF THE WORLD will be the TOTEM OF PEACE by the sculptor Mario Molinari from 28 October 2021.
The symbol represents the red sail of the Totem for Peace that configures the stern of a ship made up of the multilingual translation of "The United States of the World".
The ceremony was held at the headquarters of the Fondazione Mediterraneo - Maison de la Paix in the presence of ministers and ambassadors representing the various member countries. The latest member was the State of Kyrgyzstan.
President Michele Capasso, visibly moved by the realization of a dream born 30 years ago, made the choice official in the presence - among others - of the Ambassador of Tunisia in Italy Moez Sinaoui, the Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan in Italy Taalay Bazarbaev, the Tunisian Minister and former Director General of ALECSO Mohamed-El Aziz Ben Achour, the heads of the Forum de l'Académie Politique and the Konrad Adenauer Siftung, the Deputy Mayor of Naples Mia Filippone and representatives of the various countries.

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Welcomed by President Michele Capasso and the museum director Pia Molinari, the members of the Rotary Clubs of "Ercolano centenario", "Torre del Greco Comuni vesuviani", "Torre Annunziata Oplonti" and "Sorrento" visited the emotional path "TOTEM OF PEACE" by the sculptor Molinari expressing great appreciation for the value of the symbol representing the UNITED STATES OF THE WORLD.

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Great enthusiasm among the boys of the GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 2021 visiting the section of the Museum of Peace - MAMT dedicated to Mario Molinari, the sculptor of color.
Of great interest are the "Egyptian" copper work, the "Totem of Peace" and the Molinari House Museum in Turin.
With the motto "we want to live in color" the boys left the museum hoping to visit the Turin House Museum to continue the emotional journey dedicated to the great sculptor.

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The tenth anniversary of the inauguration of the sculptor Molinari's TOTEM DELLA PACE was celebrated with a ceremony held at the Museum of Peace - MAMT.
On May 20, 2011, the monumental work was inaugurated in the Maison de la Paix - Museum of Peace and the Mediterranean, in the presence of Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, the historian Paolo Mieli, the ambassadors of Palestine, Israel and other countries.
In Naples, on the same day, an example of the monumental work "Tricolore" was inaugurated, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy.
Today the TOTEM OF PEACE is the symbol of the UNITED STATES OF THE WORLD

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In compliance with Covid 19 rules, the celebrations for the tenth anniversary of the creation of the tricolor Totem for Peace took place in Turin and Coazze, inaugurated in Coazze on 8 May 2011 on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy with the presidents Piero Fassino and Giuliano Amato.
President Capasso, with links and webinars from the Museum of Peace - MAMT, retraced the history of the TOTEM OF PEACE which today represents the UNITED STATES OF THE WORLD born from an intuition of
Gustavo Rol.

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