Anyone who walked into Room 501 at the New York Academy of Art in TriBeCa the other day would have seen a roomful of sculpture students molding clay into faces that looked nearly alive.
“They lost their identity,” said Mr. Mullins, a forensic imaging specialist. “We’re going to give it back to them.”

That was the point of a weeklong workshop this month in which fine art students tried to give faces to 11 unidentified crime victims found over the years who were now being handled by the city medical examiner’s office. The agency teamed up with the academy for this project.