Forevertron: World's Largest Scrap Metal Sculpture by Dr. Evermor

From a distance, Dr. Evermor's "park" in Wisconsin looks like a junk yardfull of twisted metals and rusted machines, but it houses one of the coolest sculptures ever: Forevertron. Standing at 120 feet wide, 60 feet deep, 50-foot tall, and weighing 320 ton, this behemoth of an artwork is billed as the world's largest scrap metal sculpture.

All components of Forevertron are salvaged from old bits and pieces of machineries between 50 to 100 years old, and are welded and bolted together for stability. Its components include a pair of bipolar electrical dynamos constructed by Thomas Edison in the late 19th century and a decontamination chamber from the Apollo space mission. The top of the sculpture is a copper-clad glass ball, meant to be Dr. Evermor's space capsule!


Image: Madolan [Flickr]


Another picture, showing the scale of Forevertron. Image: LiveALittle.org [Flickr]


Close-up photo of the Forevertron. Image: florador [Flickr]

Dr. Evermor is actually artist Tom Every, 70, who used to be an industrial wrecking and salvage expert. He spent decades collecting scrapped machines and other mechanical ephemera. In 1983, Every retired from his business, renamed himself Dr. Evermor and began to build Forevertron and other whimsical scrap metal structures.

Ever the prankster, Every explained the story of Dr. Evermor as such:

As Every tells the story of Evermor: "When he was a child, Dr. Evermor witnessed a massive electrical storm with his father, a Presbyterian minister. Asked where lightning came from, his father told Evermor that such awesome power could come only from God. From that day on, Evermor dedicated his life to constructing an antigravity machine and spacecraft that would catapult him from the phoniness of this world to the ultimate truth and power of the next.

"Dr. Evermor believes that if he can ever figure out a way to combine magnetic force and electrical energy, he can propel himself through the heavens on a magnetic lightning force beam," Every said. "That glass ball inside the copper egg is his space ship. There's also an antigravity machine (made from an early X-ray machine), a teahouse for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to observe the event, a telescope for bystanders to watch as Evermor flies off to his meeting with God, and a listening machine that will transmit Evermor's message back to Earth when he arrives at his ultimate destination." (Source: Wired)

Also a big attraction at Dr. Evermor's Art Park is the Bird Band, which consists of 70 sculptures, some of which can actually play music:


The Bird Band. Image: florador [Flickr]


Every band needs a conductor, so here it is! Image: florador [Flickr]


Image: florador [Flickr]


Image: florador [Flickr]


Does the peacock "toots" when it farts? Image: hartichoked [Flickr]

Let's take a virtual tour of the other fantastic sculptures by Dr. Evermor:


The Overlord Control at Dr. Evermor's Art Park. Image: florador [Flickr]


The Juicer Bug, a giant spider. Image: florador [Flickr]


Even the popcorn stand is fantastic! Image: starchy [Flickr]


Don't even think of stealing these sculptures - they've got big guns at the park!
Image: starchy [Flickr]

And no sculpture park is complete without cats! Image: florador [Flickr]

If you ever find yourself on Highway 12 in North Freedom, Baraboo, near Devil's Lake, Wisconsin, it's worth to stop and take a look at Dr. Evermor's Art Park.

Links and sources
» Articles: Dr. Evermor's website, Wired, Folk Art, Roadside America, LuLu Fry.
» More photos: Flickr photos tagged with Evermor, Forevertron.
» Videos: Dr. Evermor of Wisconsin, The Birds of Evermor, Welcome to Forevertron [YouTube] | Bird Band video - Thanks Cindy Laveck!


Have you seen the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri? Its the brain child of an artist named Bob Cassily. Definately neat, check it out at www.citymuseum.org. Cool stuff!
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Amazing stuff.

Bob Cassilly, a classically trained sculptor and serial entrepreneur does similar junk sculptures that you can climb through in (and outside of) an old warehouse.

If ever in St. Louis, it's one of the best things we have to offer.
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I live a short ride from the park. You can often
find Dr. Evermore there sitting in the shade on a
summer day. He's a fascinating person to chat
with. There is also some art for sale that will
fit in the trunk of a car.

The park abuts Delaney's surplus center which
is easier to find from the highway. The graveyard
of manufacturing equipment behind the surplus
center transitions into the park.

It's worth the trip if you're ever in the area.
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Tom Every has been a friend of mine for a few years, and I have the privilege of having some of his works inside and outside of my house. These pictures don't begin to show the sheer size, extent, and intricacy of his work at the Forevertron site.

Anyone who enjoyed these pix should check out some of the other links to see the great and really fun work that the Doctor has done around Wisconsin and vicinity. Tom is a generous and not-so-mad genius who has changed the history of salvage, while brightening up a lot of lives with his art, large and small.
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Constantly awaiting the attendance of a college for the industry forge welding. I find your work an insperation of sorts, and shall be wondering through the entrance to the park one day.
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I thought I had made a pretty cool sculpture of a blue crab out of a junk direct tv dish until I saw what you have done with scrap metal. Fantastic fun and creative imagination at work has no limits.
My hat is off to you!
Stephen Kishel
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It is so true that these photos show only a glimpse of the sculpture park. To truly appreciate its magic, you have to come on a fine summer day, walk all around, and talk to the Doctor. I have an Evermor lizard by my front door, but I call it Fafner the Dragon. I intend to rig it with a butane flame as a surprise for Trick or Treaters.
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Visited the site on Thursday, June 10, 2010 with my sister and was able to meet the artist himself. Quite an interesting individual. The place was really quite amazing and I was along for the ride. My sister was the one who actually wanted to go and had wanted to for years. She was finally able to see and enjoy the whimsical items all around us. I was glad she wanted to stop to see his work. Being an artist myself, it was amazing seeing the works of another artist.
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It states on the website AND the sign at the gate when you get there, that they're open Saturdays from 9-5. We were there at high noon and they were CLOSED!! :(
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I called and a nice woman answered the phone. She said she had to "something" at that time, (I couldn't understand her) and was going out to open the gate right now. We only live 5 mins away, so it's not a big deal and we can't go back, but still.
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I just visited the park in mid July, 2010. It is just fantastic. I particularly liked the birds. NOTE: Many pieces are for sale. Dr. Evermore's wife (I believe)was at the park to answer questions. My family bought two small pieces. They are great. Definatly worth seeing if you are in the area.
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