There are sculptures like this one all over Albuquerque. This is the only one I know of with kids. Kids acting like kids and playing as they should be playing. It looks like they are having a good time!
Cottonwood Madonna – Virgin of the Tree
Supposedly, Toby Avila who was a parish member of San Felipe de Neri, Albuquerque’s oldest Catholic parish, carved the image of the Virgin de Guadalupe into a cottonwood tree. It is one of the hidden treasures of Old Town. The carving sometimes appears to change so people wonder if it is haunted but it just reflects the condition of the tree.
Mr. Avila was part of the Korean conflict and promised that if he returned home safely he would create an image of the Virgin de Guadalupe to show his gratitude. He worked on this project for a year and he died two days after it was finished. He still had blue paint on his hands as he was lying in repose.
Friendly little Alien, posslbly visiting from Roswell, welcomes you to the Old Town Emporium.
Located at Tingley Beach.
The University of New Mexico is here in Albuquerque and the Lobo’s are their sports teams. This lovely fellow lives on the hill at the corner of Central and University.
We went out for my son’s birthday last night and this was the statue sitting on the room divider right next to our table. I have never eaten dinner under a “Blue Moon” before. The food was amazing, as always at Buca Di Beppo, as was the company.
This statue stands outside of Buca di Beppo, which is a really good Italian Restaurant here in Albuquerque. I love that someone took the initiative to paint the fingernails of this lovely lady. My favorite dish from Buca is the Eggplant Parmesan minus the Parmesan.