Unless you’re headed there purposefully, it’s easy to miss Dr. Evermor’s Sculpture Park. It’s worth searching out, especially if you’re in the area (less than an hour Northwest of Madison). Set off the road behind trees and fencing, it’s an amazing sight from the moment you enter. The most famous, and central piece, of sculpture is his Forevertron.
Dr. Evermor’s biography: Born 1938 in Brooklyn, Wisconsin, Tom Every is now about 80 years old, still alive, and residing in a Wisconsin nursing home. To those in the know, he will forever be known as Dr. Evermor, creator of the Forevertron. His wife, Lady Eleanor, is now in charge in scheduling a tour of the park and/or to confirm the times that she will have the park open.
The Forevertron is poised to launch Dr. Evermor up to heaven, using an electromagnetic lightning force beam to propel him skyward. The sculpture is built of scrap metal; the most famous pieces include Thomas Edison dynamos, parts of 1920’s power plants, scrap from an Army Ammunition Plant, and the decontamination chamber from the Apollo 11 spacecraft. Wow.
While larger than a house, the Forevertron is built in 3 large pieces that can be separated to facilitate a move, should it ever be sold. Is the Forevertron for sale? Rumor has it that it is, and next time I visit I’ll ask Lady Eleanor if I see her.
Pictures don’t do it justice, but here’s a slideshow of Dr. Evermor’s Forevertron and other sculptures in situ:
Tom Every, aka Dr. Evermor, was a salvager who grew tired of crushing metal and instead dreamed of new ways to use them in his welded sculptures. Self-taught, he did not use drawings, but instead used the pieces as they fit his vision.
Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, hosts of the History Channel program American Pickers, visited the park to view what Every had created. This has increased the park’s notoriety, but I’m always surprised at how few people know about it.
There are hundreds if not thousands of sculptures in Dr. Evermor’s Sculpture Park, and it’s easy to overlook some of the smaller pieces. This is a place to visit with an open mind and time to browse.
Directions to Dr. Evermor’s Forevertron: