Public Art


San Ysidro bulto used for annual Blessing of the Fields

San Ysidro bulto at
                  Blessing of the Fields NMFRHM
San Ysidro
                  bulto by Virginia Maria Romero at NMFRHM
San Ysidro bulto by
                  Virginia Maria Romero at NMFRHM
San Ysidro  ©2000

The  San Ysidro  bulto was created by Virginia Maria Romero and is now a part of the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum’s permanent collections.  It is used every year during the Blessing of the Fields/San Ysidro Processional on May 15th, when it is carried to the Museum’s fields and animals to bless them for the coming year.

Traditionally held on May 15 in agricultural communities throughout the world, the event honors a devout farmer, born in 1070 in what is now Madrid, Spain.  Tradition has it that when he was chastised for missing farm duties to pray and attend Mass, angels were sent to plow the fields in his place.