“I’m not interested in the sterile, rigid objects that modern designers and engineers are creating,” said Every. “In the past, engineers were artists. They made beautiful, elaborate objects that had many purely decorative components. Maybe they’d use interesting rivets, or cut the shape of a support in an elegant, interesting way.

“When I was working in industrial wrecking, it just killed me that people wanted to have these beautiful things melted down just for the monetary value of the metal. So, I started saving things, and in about 20 years I saved thousands of tons of stuff. I sorted it by size, shape and material, and stashed it in several sites around southern Wisconsin.”

When I grow up, I want to be Dr Evermor.