St. Paul artist Ta-coumba T. Aiken was approached by the St. Paul Foundation in 2013 to create a world record-breaking Lite Brite art installation at the Union Depot. Intrigued by the challenge, Aiken accepted and set to work with over 500 volunteers to create Forever St. Paul, a massive Picasso of Lite Brite pieces measuring 24 feet wide and 8 feet high.
As a child, Aiken had a love-hate relationship with the toy after accidentally burning his finger while trying to change a bulb. However, this incident sparked his creativity and he turned it into an art project that showcases both his skill and his love for art.
Aiken signed the artwork with pieces of Lite Brite and described it as a way of making people feel good. 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.
The creation of Forever St. Paul required over 500 volunteers who helped glue together each individual Lite Brite piece, resulting in approximately 598,986 pieces that set a Guinness World Record for the largest Lite Brite art installation.
Despite its size, Forever St. Paul is still just one part of Ta-coumba T. Aiken’s impressive portfolio of work as an artist in St. Paul, Minnesota. From his childhood love affair with Lite Brite to his passion for creating beautiful works of art that uplift others, Aiken’s dedication to his craft has made him a beloved figure in the local community.