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Uniting St. Paul: The Creation and Impact of Ta-coumba T. Aiken’s Gigantic Lite Brite Artwork.


Feb 13, 2024
Minnesota’s Claim to Fame: The World’s Largest Lite Brite

In 2013, Ta-coumba T. Aiken, a St. Paul artist, was asked by the St. Paul Foundation to create the world’s largest Lite Brite at the Union Depot. Aiken played with Lite Brite as a child and 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.

Aiken had a love-hate relationship with the toy as a child after once burning 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.

As an adult, Aiken continues to use art as a way to bring joy and positivity to others through his work with various organizations in St. Paul. He believes that art has the power to heal and uplift people’s spirits, and he is always looking for new ways to express himself creatively.

In conclusion, Ta-coumba T. Aiken’s Forever St. Paul is not just an impressive feat of engineering but also an inspiration for anyone who appreciates the beauty of art and its ability to bring people together in creative expression.

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