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Tom Every, WI

 

Tom Every, The Forevertron (site view, North Freedom, WI), c. 1983–present.

Tom Every, The Forevertron (site view facing west, North Freedom, WI), c. 1983–present.

 

1938–

Through an elaborately fabricated persona of a late nineteenth-century scientist and visionary he calls “Dr. Evermor,” artist Tom Every has created a sculptural environment with proportions as grandiose as his imagination. Every was raised in Madison and nearby Brooklyn, Wisconsin, and inherited a family ethos of “save everything and make-do.” From youth, he learned the value of cast-off materials, and an early affinity for recycling charted an artistic course that has culminated in a series of “mechanical fantasies” in North Freedom, Wisconsin, near Baraboo. The grandest of these is Every’s legacy, The Forevertron, a commanding iron structure that reaches skyward some 50 feet and spans approximately 7,200 square feet.