As you may also know, PUNTACANA Resort & Club is a bit unconventional and likes to mix business with beauty that is why we took the liberty of incorporating artwork and local pieces into the design and decoration of our new airport terminal. The new Terminal B of the Punta Cana International Airport (AIPC), is happy to welcome Thimo Pimentel’s newest piece (a 12 meter high column made up of more than 600 individual pieces) The Mega-cylinder. Due to this wonderful addition to our already lovely airport we asked Thimo himself a question or two.
Tell us about your history in the area, do you have other pieces around?
Sure...for more than two decades ago and my interest has been estimated to bring culture to PUNTACANA. First, in 2000 I designed the Submarine Museum today with more than 30 submerged parts, then we opened the Art Gallery and Craft Centre.
My murals have filled public and private spaces in the area.
I have a mural located in the VIP lounge of the Punta Cana International Airport, murals in Beach Club Cap Cana, the murals of The Hut, ceramic fish in Playa Blanca, murals in private residences of; Manolo Despradel, Oscar Imbert, Andreas Lapp, Denisse Español, Rose Voeremans, Chantal, as well as one in Judo Club Matsunaga, and lastly the Mega-Cylinder.
What makes the Mega-Cylinder special?
The Mega-Cylinder is pretty think and reinforced with concrete and a meter coat of stone reef or "Dogtooth" which weighs about 10 tons. This is by far the highest expression of ART FURTIVO action that began in 2012 and is projected across the country, including Punta Cana, Higuey, La Romana, Santo Domingo, and Santiago. The tiles of the column / totem are hand made one by one with high temperature refractory clay that contains metal oxides and is finished with a transparent glaze to close the porosity of soft dough matte. The treatment of the surface is also what distinguishes this major piece from others, it lends itself to light. The ridges on the vertical axis allow for shadow play as the sun moves across the sky, this has becomes somewhat of a seal of mine.