Inside life of Cynthia Plaster Caster Albritton who 'immortalized' rock stars' penises – from Hendrix to Beach Boys star

ARTIST Cynthia Albritton, a self-proclaimed “recovering groupie" who immortalized rock stars by sculpting their erect penises into plaster casts, has passed away at 74.

From Jimi Hendrix to the Beach Boys, Cynthia's alluring work captivated the public, crowning her the alias – Cynthia Plaster Caster.




The legendary artist died on Thursday after a long illness, her representative told Variety.

Cynthia's enticing career started in Chicago in 1986, thanks to a plaster casting assignment from her college art professor.

She relocated to Los Angeles after meeting rockstar Frank Zappa, who found her art concept humorous and creative – although he declined to be one of Cynthia's "subjects."

In 1968, rock icon Jimi Hendrix became her first celebrity subject after meeting the legendary guitarist at the Chicago Hilton and Towers.

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She would expand her work to include male filmmakers and even the breasts of female artists, such as Peaches, Yeah Yeah Yeahs member Karen O and many others.

Cynthia revealed that Yeah Yeah Yeahs lead vocalists found many willing assistants who helped prep her subjects for her art.

Her raunchy plaster collection included Hendrix, Wayne Kramer of MC5, Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks and Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys.

Meanwhile, her female breasts collection included the likes of Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab, Sally Timms of the Mekons, Peaches, Karen O and many others.

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Cynthia amassed a collection of 50 plaster penises.

In 2000, Cynthia finally held her first exhibition of the casts in New York.

“I was trying to figure out a way to mold a penis, so I thought, ‘Well, let’s get together a kit because that will make it even more absurd and ridiculous – and professional look, and create more laughs,” she said in a 2000 interview.

The following year, she was the subject of the documentary Plaster Caster.

Also, she participated in the 2005 BBC documentary My Penis and I, which detailed filmmaker Lawrence Barraclough’s inner struggle to accept the size of his own penis.

In 2010, Cynthia shifted her focus from sculpting phallus to launching a campaign for the mayor of Chicago on the "Hard Party" ticket – ironically with a promise to be "hard on crime."

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“I am not a politician,” Cynthia said at the time after her unsuccessful run.

“I am an everyday citizen that is sick and tired of seeing the problems of our city escalate, and I believe we all need to participate in helping to make our city the best it can be.”


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