A Plaster Cast of Jimi Hendrix’s Erect Penis Is a New Exhibit at a Museum in Iceland
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Jimi Hendrix lives on in songs like ‘Foxy Lady,’ ‘Voodoo Chile’ and ‘Purple Haze,’ but fewer people know that the legendary singer was also immortalized in a different, less traditional medium. The artist Cynthia Albritton, better known by the moniker Cynthia Plaster Caster, created a plaster cast of Hendrix’s erect penis—and it has just been donated to a museum, where it will go on display.
Albritton, who recently died at the age of 74, left the memento of Hendrix’s member, one of a small collection, to The Icelandic Phallological Museum in Reykjavik. The museum boasts “a collection of more than two hundred penises and penile parts belonging to almost all the land and sea mammals that can be found in Iceland.”
Hendrix was the first celebrity to become the subject of Albritton’s work. “He was really laid back, relaxed, very quiet in the mould,” Albritton said in the 2020 documentary Let’s Spend the Night Together, although she did admit that “his pubes got stuck” in the plaster.
As a “supergroupie”—a term she never seemed ashamed to use to describe herself herself—Albritton had access to other musicians, and eventually included stars like the Dead Kennedys’ Jello Biafra, MC5’s Wayne Kramer and Television’s Richard Lloyd in her portfolio of penis plaster casts. (The song ‘Plaster Caster’ by KISS? Yep, that was written about her; although she never included anyone from that band in her work.)
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Later in her career, she turned her attention to female rock stars, creating plaster casts of the breasts of singer and artist Peaches, French musician Laetitia Sadier, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O.
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