North Freedom, Wisconsin: Forevertron (Closed - In Transition)
- US 12, North Freedom, WI
- On U.S. 12, about five miles south of Baraboo, behind Delaney's Surplus, across the highway from the Badger Army Ammunition Plant.
- Oct. 2014: Closed, temporarily displaced. (Call to verify)
Tom Every, aka "Dr. Evermor," has constructed a vast, towering science fiction landscape from old carburetors and discarded power house machines. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
Visitor Tips and News About Forevertron (Closed - In Transition)
We received an ominous tip today about Dr Evermor's Forevertron from Tiffany: "His land is up for sale and all of his sculptures have been removed from the property. No longer an attraction." Ack!
We checked with Lady Eleanor Every, who filled us in on the status of this 5-Smiley Tower top attraction. The bad news is that all of the sculptures were moved off the property after October 1, 2014. The good news is that the sculptures are in storage, waiting to be returned to display in the park. There is no plan to break up the collection or sell off the pieces.
We don't have all the details, but apparently some property is being sold that may legally landlock the lot where the Forevertron has been parked for the last 31 years (accessed through an easement next to Delaney's Surplus). The Every family needed to move all of their multi-ton scrap metal assemblages off the property (this turned out to only take a few days, due to Dr. Evermor's prescient and brilliant modular design of everything).
Their hope is to reconstruct the sculptures once the property issues have been resolved, or find a nearby haven for the World of Dr. Evermor.
Artist Tom "Evermor" Every is still on this magnetic plain, though he's now residing at the Maplewood Nursing Home. Lady Eleanor assures us he's as sharp as ever, and still a bit mischievous.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 11/25/2014]
This was my second visit to the Forevertron, after stumbling across it 20 years ago. I visited this time with my 6-year-old son, and I would urge anyone with a love of art and/or a school-age child to do the same - there is not just an impressive amount of work here, but also a unique experience that encourages exploration and hands-on play. There are several kinetic and musical sculptures, and very little appears to be off limits. Keep in mind, though, that this site is not the usual sanitized museum experience - parents are recommended to keep a close eye on younger children.
Eleanor Every was watching the site when we visited, and provided a very warm welcome. She didn't appear to mind in the least when my son wandered into the converted van she uses as an office, and even offered to loan us umbrellas when it started sprinkling.
The unique location behind a (quite good) surplus store only adds to the atmosphere. Visiting in April, when the weather was good, we more or less had the site to ourselves. Please do not forget to use the donation box![Nathan Schaefer, 04/15/2012]
By far one of the best sites we visited thanks to Roadsideamerica.com. So many pieces to see. There is a conductor and a life size orchestra, little armies, birds, all kinds of imaginative things. Very cool place, definitely worth the visit, we will be back!
If you don't see it, keep looking -- it is barely visible tucked away behind the surplus store. The path to it is very small.[Danielle, 09/05/2011]
Doc Evermor is confined to a wheelchair nowadays, due to a stroke that paralyzed the left side of his body, but on a crisp October Thursday he'd taken a taxi out to the sculpture park and was receiving visitors, handing out advice ("Don't go to bed sober!"), teaching the intergalactic handshake, and telling rambling stories about bootlegging and anything else that came up.
And yes, the Forevertron, the Bird Band and all the other sculptures are about the best example of outsider art in situ that I've ever seen. Truly remarkable.
We mentioned being from North Carolina, and Doc Evermor said "Say hi to Vollis Simpson for me!"[Ross Grady, 10/23/2010]