Don Thimo Pimentel is not only the thoughtful sculptor and ceramic artist behind the museum but also one of the people honored at the Punta Cana International Airport, where he has a terminal named after him as well as a prominently displayed ceramic mural.
But,Thimo Pimentel is not the full story of the museum. The artwork itself tells an even bigger picture than it may look like at first glance. As mentioned earlier, all of the figures represented in the museum are important figures in Taino culture. Among them are sculptures of Aumatex, god of the hurricanes; Atabeira, the supreme goddess and “mother of the waters”; and Boinayel the “son of the serpent” who brings rain clouds. These figures all had deep meaning to the Taino people and are a way of connecting the island’s ancestral past to its present. And, the connection does not end with the figures themselves. The placement of the figures is designed to mimic the Great Bear constellation (commonly known as Ursa Major), which was important to Taino Culture.This museum attempts to go to the heart of what life means to modern Dominicans and bridge the gap to the Taino who originally inhabited the island.
While there are certainly other underwater museums in the world, none of them can offer the thought provoking and historical art that we see here. It provides a connection to the history of the island while simultaneously providing a place for future life to flourish. It is in every sense a representation of the history and the future of the island, and it is a valuable museum for tourists and locals alike.