A Mythic Obsession: The World of Dr. Evermor

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Chicago Review Press, 2008 - Art - 198 pages
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The Forevertron stands poised in a Wisconsin field. When the time is right--only Dr. Evermor will know when--the famous, enigmatic scientist will climb the winding staircase and enter its egg-shaped travel chamber, power up the dynamos and flip on the thrusters, and away he'll fly on a "highball to heaven," propelled by an electromagnetic lightning force beam.   Or so the story goes.   Anyone who's visited the elaborate visionary environment created by Tom Every has heard some variation of the Evermor myth. But few know the story behind the story, the fascinating history of this one-of-a-kind creative spirit. 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, where he collaborated with Jordan on many of the attraction’s most elaborate displays.   After the two parted ways, Every began to explore his own artistic voice. In addition to hundreds of whimsical welded sculptures, he poured most of his effort into the Forevertron, the world’s largest sculpture built by a single person. In the process, Every discovered his alter ego: Dr. Evermor.   Author Tom Kupsh, with the full participation of Tom and Eleanor Every, has keenly documented Every’s amazing life, including never-published family photos, sketches, and personal memories. What emerges is a detailed portrait of a unique, self-taught artist.
 

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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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