I did not know who had made this but I was very impressed with this artistic concept. It also had a metaphorical meaning for me: how the whole can be more than its parts. So I started using it as my avatar on Scribd.com and later also on my website and Twitter.
It was on Twitter that the origin of this picture was revealed to me by someone. The picture was a training shot for the 1986 movie “Labyrinth.” In this movie the hands appear in a scene where one of the lead characters, Sarah, played by young actress Jennifer Connelly (who would win an Oscar for her role in the 2001 movie “A Beautiful Mind”) falls down a well lined with hands that form faces that talk. They call themselves “helping hands.”
Of course, this is the final product, which doesn’t tell the actual story behind the making of the picture. It was really difficult to get the hands to display the cheerful expression that I wanted. The following collage of failed attempts at making the hands picture can give you an idea.