The Bay Area Discovery Museum
is an interactive children's museum. In 2002 it chose
Grendel’s Mother to inaugurate their artist in residence
program. As there was ongoing building and renovation
at the Museum, the curator requested that the project
have a construction and tool theme.
During four days of public
demonstrations, Grendel’s Mother encouraged children
and their parents to trace their hands and simple tools
such as hammers, pliers and clamps onto steel sheets.
The artists cut these silhouettes out in public demonstrations
using oxy-acetylene torches. The resulting positive and
negative cut outs were then assembled into a brightly
painted twelve foot long folding screen, which is now
permanently installed at the Museum.