|Recreation of Observer Highway mural "Relationships" using photo of original mushroom cloud|
Ever wonder what happened to that mushroom cloud on the Observer Highway mural, "Relationships"? You know, the original block-long mural had a peace sign and a mushroom cloud, Yin and Yang, on either side of the word, "relationships".
Until the Yin lost its Yang.
At an October 12, 2005 NJ Transit board meeting, one Hoboken resident complained about the mushroom cloud. One month later, the cloud was painted over. The name of the crank and reason for disfiguring the public work of art were withheld from the public.
Now we know her identity.
Kim Cardinal Bajardi.
According to the NJT meeting minutes (thanks to the Anon who provided the link), Cardinal Bajardi claimed the cloud was "offensive" and "inappropriate" in light of the 9-11 tragedy 4 years earlier, and claimed she represented "other concerned citizens."
If that were true, why did Kim Cardinal and Lane Bajardi lie to Hoboken411?
On May 9, 2008 Hoboken411 wrote a piece about the "Relationships" mural, his facts lifted from the 2006 Hoboken Reporter article.
Regular commenters like HansBrix seemed angry that the mushroom cloud was painted over because of one nameless crank:
At 1:54 PM Kim Cardinal emails Hoboken411 with "information" she "cannot post" about the mural.
Cardinal's "information" doesn't match the meeting minutes. Cardinal does NOT disclose that the mushroom cloud was painted over because she complained to NJT board members that she was "offended" by the "inappropriate" image, 9-11 and represented other "concerned citizens."
At 3:20 PM Lane Bajardi emails Hoboken411, and attacks the "Mural" post, calling it "pretty pointless." He redirects blame for the removal of the mushroom cloud to Mo DeGennaro.
At 5:43 AM on May 11, 2008, Hoboken411 agrees to "change the content to reflect that"-- and he does.
Hoboken411 deletes the reference to the "nameless Hoboken resident" who "demanded" the mushroom cloud be removed, and swaps it for one about Mo DeGennaro.
Why didn't the Bajardi's disclose Cardinal's role in the removal of the mushroom cloud on the public mural?
Why isn't this censorship?