The Mothership

"The Mothership" is the centerpiece stage prop used by Clinton and his multiple bands during their live concert performances. This object is a near-exact replica of the slightly larger Mothership that was used exclusively at the closing moments of concerts during the height of the band's popularity from 1976-1981. This replica prop was built from metal, plastic, and glass in the mid 1990s and used on the "Mothership Reconnection Tour".

Object Details

Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Designed by
George Clinton, American, born 1941
Peter Larkin, American, born 1926
Jules Fisher, American, born 1937
Used by
Parliament-Funkadelic, American, founded 1955
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Love to the planet
metal, plastic, glass
Overall with Weight: 120 × 250 × 113 in., 1500 lb. (304.8 × 635 × 287 cm, 680.4 kg)
props (object genres)