In 2013, St. Paul artist Ta-coumba T. Aiken was commissioned by the St. Paul Foundation to create the world’s largest Lite Brite at the Union Depot. Aiken, who played with Lite Brite as a child and used over 500 volunteers to help glue everything together, turned this massive project into a Picasso of Lite Brite pieces.
The finished piece, called Forever St. Paul, measures 24 feet wide and 8 feet high and consists of approximately 598,986 pieces. It has set a Guinness World Record for the largest Lite Brite artwork in the world. Aiken signed the artwork with pieces of Lite Brite and described it as a way of making people feel good.
As a child, Aiken had a love-hate relationship with the toy as he once burned his finger trying to change a bulb. However, he turned this into an art project that showcases both his skill and his love for art. The finished piece has become a large piece of art on display in St. Paul, showcasing the creativity and dedication of Aiken and his volunteers.
Overall, Ta-coumba T. Aiken’s creation is not only visually stunning but also serves as a reminder of how even negative experiences can be transformed into something positive through hard work and determination.