When I first stumbled upon a review of Dr. Evermor’s Forevertron I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. But with the promise of one of the more unique “world’s largest” things I’ve ever visited, we grabbed some coffee and headed about 40 minutes northwest of Madison on US-12. Upon arriving we found that the park actually wasn’t open yet (see accurate hours of operation below), but decided to wait in the car for the 25 extra minutes and am I ever glad we did.
Wandering into Dr. Evermor’s park for the first time feels like tumbling down the rabbit hole into Wonderland with Alice. While things look familiar, the extraordinary shapes and creatures artist Tom Every has created are nothing short of jaw-dropping. Even though I’ve always had an interest in found and reclaimed sculpture, I’ve never experienced a piece as awe-inspiring as the Forevertron. The sculpture itself is massive but ridiculously intricate to the point where, at any moment, it feels as if the Forevertron might whir to life, blinking and spinning in all its imagined magical glory.
A brief history of the Forevertron
The Forevertron is the world’s largest scrap metal sculpture and was built in the 1980s by artist Tom Every, the same designer as the nearby House on the Rock’s (world’s largest indoor) carousel.
Created with the purpose of shooting the fictional Victorian inventor Dr. Evermor into the cosmos, the Forevertron incorporates “two Thomas Edison dynamos from the 1880s, lightning rods, high-voltage components from 1920s power plants, scrap from the nearby Badger Army Ammunition Plant, and the decontamination chamber from the Apollo 11 spacecraft,” according to Leslie Umberger. Alongside the Forevertron you’ll find a teahouse gazebo where spectators can watch Dr. Evermor’s ascent as well as a host of fantastical animals, including a band—literally—of more than 70 musical birds.
Monday, Thursday – Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday: Noon – 5 pm
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Admission: Free but donations are welcome
Dr. Evermor’s Forevertron, S7703 US HWY 12 in Wisconsin