In 2013, the St. Paul Foundation approached local artist Ta-coumba T. Aiken with a unique challenge: 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, accepted the challenge with enthusiasm.
The finished piece, called Forever St. Paul, is a stunning work of art that consists of approximately 598,986 pieces. Measuring 24 feet wide and 8 feet high, it set a new Guinness World Record for the largest Lite Brite artwork in history. Aiken signed the artwork with pieces of Lite Brite and described it as a way to make 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, this incident only fueled his passion for art and led him to turn it into an epic project that showcases both his skill and dedication.
Today, Forever St. Paul stands tall as a large piece of art on display in St. Paul, inspiring visitors and reminding them of the power of creativity and determination in making something truly remarkable.