In 2013, St. Paul artist Ta-coumba T. Aiken was asked 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, used over 500 volunteers to help glue everything together.
The finished piece, called Forever St. Paul, is a Picasso of Lite Brite pieces and consists of approximately 598,986 pieces. It measures 24 feet wide and 8 feet high, setting a Guinness World Record for the largest Lite Brite. 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 a massive 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.