Selected Works > She Is Like Air, We Are Like Water (2008)

L'Inconnue de la Seine (The unknown girl from the river Seine): In the early 20th century, the unidentified body of a young girl was pulled from the River Seine in Paris. An employee of the morgue, entranced by the young girl’s ethereal smile, made a plaster death mask of her - eternally capturing her blissful appearance.

Copies of her death mask were made and sold, and soon became a fashionable morbid fixture in Parisian Bohemian society and by the 20s and early 30s, copies could be found all over the European continent.

Generations later, the image of L'Inconnue de la Seine would be rediscovered by Asmund S. Laerdal - who had began the development of a realistic and effective training aid to teach mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. For this new life extending device, he chose to fashion the manikin after the eternally blissful face of L'Inconnue de la Seine. His new resuscitation training mannequin, Resusci Anne , became (and to this day) remains the standard face of nearly all CPR manikins. Hence, L'Inconnue de la Seine is the most kissed girl in the world.

She Is Like Air, We Are Like Water
She Is Like Air, We Are Like Water