For most of his life, Tom Every was a professional destroyer. Tom worked in Wisconsin as an industrial wrecker, thrashing old factories, breweries and any other building that stood in the way. But when he retired in 1983, he decided he would dedicate the rest of his life to being a creator: Dr. Evermor, to be exact.
Dr. Evermor is imagined by Every as a Victorian inventor from Eggington, England, with a back story involving a Presbyterian minister father and a traumatizing lightning storm. Dr. Evermor manifests his creativity in the Forevertron, a massive sprawling sculpture park in rural Wisconsin, one that Every or “Dr. Evermor” says will send him “into the heavens on a magnetic lightning force beam.” Every also has put his sculptural skills to use at the nearby wonder the House on the Rock.
Made from industrial scrap, the sculpture park includes a decontamination chamber from NASA’s Apollo project, dynamos built by Thomas Edison and scrap metal salvaged from an Army Ammunition Plant.
Obscura Day location: April 9, 2011.