A Mythic Obsession: The World of Dr. Evermor

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Chicago Review Press, Jun 1, 2008 - Art - 196 pages
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In addition to hundreds of whimsical welded sculptures, Tom Every poured most of his effort into the "Forevertron," the world's largest sculpture built by a single person, and in the process, he discovered his alter ego: Dr. Evermor. With the full participation of Tom and Eleanor Every, Every's amazing life is keenly documented, including never published family photos, sketches, and personal memories, producing a detailed portrait of a unique self-taught artist. From a very early age, Every collected, modified, and resold cast-off industrial material. His work as a salvager led him to Alex Jordan Jr., creator of the House on the Rock. When the time is right (and only Dr. Evermor will know when) the famous, enigmatic scientist will climb the winding staircase of the "Forevertron" and enter its egg-shaped travel chamber, power up the dynamos and flip on the thrusters, and fly away on a "highball to heaven," propelled by an electromagnetic lighting force beam. Or so the story goes. Anyone who has spent time at the elaborate visionary environment created by Tom Every has heard some variation of the Evermor myth. Lesser known is the story behind the story, the fascinating history of this one-of-a-kind creative spirit.
 

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Contents

Opportunity and Trouble
17
Escape into Fantasy and Creativity
27
The Myth in Iron
31
Whimsical Fantasy
73
From the Heart and Other Places
85
The Tricksters Scheme
99
Dream and Fantasy Meet Reality
109
The Evermor Circle
123
Mystery Poetry and Steel
139
Looking Out
163
12 Rhymes Riddles and Not Necessarily Coded Messages
171
Conclusion
181
Endnotes
183
Selected Bibliography
191
Index
193
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Page viii - Nowhere.' What did you have to eat? 'Nothing much.' Even if you don't know what you want, buy something, to be part of the exchanging flow. Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah. It makes absolutely no difference what people think of you.
Page 15 - After basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, he was sent to carpentry school, where he excelled and was assigned to build scale models for classroom instruction.

About the author (2008)

Tom Kupsh originally met Tom Every in the 1970s, and they reestablished their friendship years later. He is the former creative director for House on the Rock and lives in southern Wisconsin.

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