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Evermor and planned his escape into his own created world through the construction of Dr. Evermor’s Forevertron. Tom says about the myth, “This is a whole new set, a whole new program . . the story is nonthreatening and most everything else turns out to be love and passion and war and killing or murdering or something like that. . ” 01 (001-072) chapters 1-4 2/26/08 12:08 PM Page 31 4 The Forevertron The Myth in Iron O ne thing Tom Every vowed was that he would never again be caught between creation and destruction.
Evermor worked alone or with a small crew. By the time he finished with the Forevertron, he had found his artistic voice and created a place to contend with his demons. 2 When Tom’s friend Richard Springer talks about the impact of the Forevertron, he says: “Part of the thing about it is its scale. When people come here, they see the scale of the thing and they’re in absolute awe. How could that possibly be? How could anyone create all of this? ”3 Visitors walking or driving into the park amid piles of Delaney’s surplus scattered in orderly confusion find their eyes drawn to the Forevertron, which rises up among the salvage and cottonwoods, drawing the viewer in with its surprising order—it’s more than one eyeful.
In the beginning, the Forevertron had a different name. For the first few years it was called Force. The conversion of the name came from Walter Bleeker, an itinerant preacher who rolled into the park one day and set up camp. He took to painting Force, not bothering to ask permission. Soon the Doctor and the preacher started talking religion, and before long they were arguing. Tom’s views had grown broad and eclectic over the years, and sometimes their arguments grew heated. Eleanor recalls, “They had a terrible fight one day toward the end of the day.