This is the Forevertron, built by a modern-day mad scientist known as Dr. Evermore. (I borrowed the pictures I’m using here from a random Bing search because at this precise moment I can’t find my own.) As I understand it, he built this marvel out of scrap metal to prepare for the impending end of the world when he will teleport himself through outer space to some distant planet and repopulate the human race there. My husband and I have spent some time visiting Baraboo, WI, where this structure lives, and although these pictures are pretty funky, I gotta tell ya- it’s way cooler in real life. This thing is huge. The Wikipedia entry has a nifty panoramic photo of it, but it still only captures a fraction of all the stuff that has been built there.
Some Steampunk Goodness