St. Paul artist Ta-coumba T. Aiken was approached by the St. Paul Foundation in 2013 to create the world’s largest Lite Brite at the Union Depot. Aiken, who had a love-hate relationship with the toy as a child, turned this into a massive art project that showcases both his skill and his love for art.
Aiken played with Lite Brite as a child and used over 500 volunteers to help glue everything together. The finished piece, called Forever St. Paul, is a Picasso of Lite Brite pieces and consists of approximately 598,986 pieces. It measures 24 feet wide and 8 feet high, setting a Guinness World Record for the largest Lite Brite.
As he signed the artwork with pieces of Lite Brite, Aiken described it as a way of making people feel good. Despite once burning his finger trying to change a bulb while playing with Lite Brite as a child, Aiken turned this experience into an artistic triumph that has become a large piece of art on display in St. Paul.
Aiken’s creativity and dedication shines through in this unique piece of art that showcases his passion for both Lite Brite and art. Forever St. Paul has become an iconic symbol of St. Paul’s artistic community and serves as a reminder that even negative experiences can be transformed into something positive with creativity and determination.