Cynthia “Caster Plaster”, the famous rockstar penis mold sculptor, dies

The American artist Cynthia Albritton aka Cynthia Plaster Caster poses with the penis freom molds Ronnie Barnett (l) and Richard Lloyd (r), in 2015 (BERND WUERSTNECK/dpa/Alamy Live News)

American artist and sculptor Cynthia Albritonknown as Cynthia ‘Caster Plaster’famous in the 1960s and 1970s for its molds of rock star penises, including that of Jimi Hendrixdied at the age of 74.

The self-proclaimed “recovering groupie” who started this activity with the idea of ​​sleeping with the largest number of rockers, died last Thursday “after” a long illness “confirmed her representative, reported the new york post.

Born in 1947 in Chicago, she began to develop her art project in college when her art teacher suggested she do a job using plaster casts. In February 1968 she had the opportunity to do one of her penises with a famous musician, Jimi Hendrix. With her friend Pest de ella they followed the legendary guitarist who was passing through Chicago, and at the Conrad Chicago Hotel they convinced him to be her model.

Cynthia Plaster Caster's Rockstar Penis Casts: 1968-2000 at Threadwaxing Space Gallery (Touhig/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)
Cynthia Plaster Caster’s Rockstar Penis Casts: 1968-2000 at Threadwaxing Space Gallery (Touhig/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)

“I’ve heard of you, go up to the room,” said the artist and, upon reaching his ‘suite’, Pest practiced oral stimulation so they could make the mold. “There was Jimi doing the mixing, with a presence larger than the room itself. He took off his pants, left his blouse and hat on and immersed himself in the mold, ”Cynthia herself recounted, on one occasion.

After leaving Pest, Dianne ‘Plaster Caster’ joined the team and met frank zappa via Eric Claptonwho considered that the leader of Mothers of Invention he would love the art project of the Plaster Casters.

“I met Clapton in 1968 while on tour with Cream. I was hounding him to pose for us, but Eric was like, ‘Yeah, I could do it, although I have a friend who might be even more interested,'” Cynthia said in a 2020 interview.

“The next night Frank came to Eric’s hotel room and started asking Dianne and me some questions. He was very interested in what we were doing because he was writing an article for the magazine Life about the new pop culture,’” he said.

Cynthia Plaster Caster in the 200 (Gries/ImageDirect)
Cynthia Plaster Caster in the 200 (Gries/ImageDirect)

With Zappa, he discovered the concept of “casting” as a creative way of making art, and Albritton found a kind of pattern in it. He took her to Los Angeles, California.

When the artist’s apartment was robbed in 1971, Albritton and Zappa decided that the 25 casts in their collection should be preserved for a future exhibition and entrusted them to Zappa’s business and legal partner, Herb Cohen. However, rock stars refused to display their penises, resulting in a hiatus in casting that lasted until 1980.

In addition to Jimi Hendrix, his collection included his Experience partner, Noel Reddinga Wayne Kramer Y Dennis Thompson from mc5, Richard ColeLed Zeppelin’s tour manager, Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys; Richard Lloyd, Tony Stevens of Foghat, among others. He also made casts with filmmakers and other artists reaching 50 plaster phalluses, then he made casts with artists’ female breasts.