Prior to her death last month, former groupie Cynthia “Plaster Caster” Albrittonwho gained fame for her sculptures of Jimi Hendrix‘s penis and other iconic rock stars, donated to The Icelandic Phallological Museum one of a few cast replicas of the legendary guitarist’s genitalia. Future guests of the museum will thus be able to engage with a legendary ʺmemberʺ of rock ‘n’ roll history. The cast will be unveiled during a closed event which will take place at The Phallological Museum’s premises in downtown Reykjavik in early June.
Hendrix was Cynthia‘s most infamous cast and one of her first, done in February 1968. A decade ago, Cynthia told Rock Scene magazine: “Jimi Hendrix was coming to town. He was my first real rock star that dipped his dick and it was unbelievable. We were the groupies that got to the hotel first and we were the only groupies in Jimi Hendrix‘s room. It was not our very first cast. I had tried it on a few civilians first to be ready for Jimi. He’s my biggest. No, he’s not my biggest. There are ‘bigger-ish’ others. But I could not say whether or not he’s my most exciting. Because they’m my sweet babies and I am their mama and I’m very democratic with all my babies. I do not like to play favorites. I love them all. The experiences were equally exciting and weird and different from each other. “
According to Variety, Cynthia‘s “collection” also included Wayne Kramer of MC5, Pete Shelley of THE BUZZCOCKS, Jello Biafra of the DEAD KENNEDYS as well as female breasts from the likes of Laetitia Sadier of STEREOLAB, Sally Timms of the MEKONS, PEACHES, Karen O of the YEAH YEAH YEAHS and many others. She later expanded her subjects to include filmmakers and other artists and eventually amassed a collection of 50 plaster phalluses.
Albrittonwhose method of making the plaster casts included using a dental mold-making substance called alginate, was immortalized in the KISS song “Plaster Caster”and a 2001 documentary of the same name chronicled her artistic legacy.
The Icelandic Phallological Museum is the brainchild of Sigurður Hjartarsona collector of specimens from every single mammal in Iceland as well as many foreign species for a total of nearly 300. His collection began in 1974 when a friend gave him a pizzle (bull’s penis) as a horsewhip.
Hendrix phallus cast to The Icelandic Phallological Museum.
It is with feelings of sadness and pride, that The Phallological Museum announces that prior to passing, Cynthia ʹPlaster Casterʹ Albritton, decided to donate to the museum with one of a few casts of Jimi Hendrix.
– Phallological Museum (@Phallusmuseum) May 23, 2022