Artist Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos to Bring Giant Inflatable Hands to Bayfront Park for Art Basel

New York-based artist Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos has lived her life surrounded by unique cultures--born in Greece, raised in Paris--and now she aims to bring her one-of-a-kind vision to Miami's own little center of culture, Art Basel. With "Palm Authority," Kosmatopoulos is raising funds to create five towering sculptures of hands in Bayfront Park, complete with an audiotape of a man discussing the art of palm reading.

Intrigued by this idea, we were able to chat with the artist about the genesis of the project, the difficulty of crafting the sculptures, and what the work means for her and for the rest of us.

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Michael Hicks