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Dr. Evermor's Forevertron

Sumpter, Wisconsin

"World's largest scrap metal sculpture" stands in an outdoor sculpture garden in the middle of Wisconsin. 


For most of his life, Tom Every was a professional destroyer. Every 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 dedicated the rest of his life to being a creator: Dr. Evermor, to be exact.

Dr. Evermor was imagined by Every as a Victorian inventor from Eggington, England, with a backstory involving a Presbyterian minister father and a traumatizing lightning storm. Dr. Evermor manifested his creativity in the Forevertron, a massive sprawling sculpture park in rural Wisconsin, one that Every, or “Dr. Evermor,” said would send him “into the heavens on a magnetic lightning force beam.” (He passed away in April of 2020.) Every also put his sculptural skills to work at the nearby wonder 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.

Know Before You Go

If you enter from Industrial Drive, face Delaney's Surplace Sales front door and go left through the lot. Be sure to leave a donation by the main structure.

The park is open Thursday through Monday and is also accessible from Hwy 12 going south.

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