Category: Statues

September Theme Day: Curiosities

September Theme Day:  Curiosities

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.

The Menu Board Man

The Menu BoardThis helpful menu holding fellow is outside the same candy shop as the popcorn machine that I posted yesterday.   They also put out, what appears to be,  water for pets.  A really thoughtful gesture and a great idea considering how easy it is to dehydrate here in Albuquerque.

Red Nail Polish

Red Nail Polish

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.

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