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. The piece, dubbed “Forever St. Paul,” consists of approximately 598,986 Lite Brite pieces and measures 24 feet wide and 8 feet high, setting a new Guinness World Record for the largest Lite Brite artwork.
Aiken recalls his childhood memories of playing with Lite Brite, but he also remembers burning his finger while trying to change a bulb. Despite this setback, he turned it into a massive art project that showcases both his skill and his love for art.
Over 500 volunteers helped Aiken glue everything together, creating a Picasso-like piece that has become a large piece of art on display in St. Paul. The artwork was signed with pieces of Lite Brite and described as a way to make people feel good.
The finished piece is not only a testament to Aiken’s creativity and dedication but also highlights the importance of community involvement in artistic projects.
In conclusion, Ta-coumba T. Aiken’s “Forever St. Paul” is an impressive feat of artistry that has become a landmark in the city of St. Paul. It serves as an inspiration to artists everywhere that even failures can lead to great success when one remains committed to their work and passion for art.