St. Paul artist Ta-coumba T. Aiken was commissioned by the St. Paul Foundation in 2013 to create the world’s largest Lite Brite at the Union Depot. As a child, Aiken played with Lite Brite and used over 500 volunteers to help him glue together his creation, which measures 24 feet wide and 8 feet high and holds a Guinness World Record for being the largest Lite Brite in existence.
The finished piece, known as Forever St. Paul, is a stunning work of art made from over 598,986 Lite Brite pieces. It is a testament to Aiken’s skill and dedication to his craft, as well as his love for art and creativity. The artwork was signed with pieces of Lite Brite by Aiken himself and serves as a reminder that even something that may have caused him pain can be transformed into something beautiful and meaningful.
Despite burning his finger while playing with Lite Brite as a child, Aiken turned this experience into an opportunity to showcase his talent and creativity through this massive project. His work has become a beloved piece of art in St. Paul, inspiring others to embrace their creativity and pursue their passions despite any obstacles they may face along the way.
Overall, Forever St. Paul is not just a work of art but also serves as a reminder that anything can be turned into something beautiful with determination, passion, and creativity.