Minnesota’s Claim to Fame: The World’s Largest Lite Brite

From Burned-Out Lite Brite to Brilliant Art: Ta-coumba T. Aiken’s Forever St. Paul

St. Paul artist Ta-coumba T. Aiken was commissioned by the St. Paul Foundation in 2013 to create the world’s largest Lite Brite at the Union Depot. As a child, Aiken played with Lite Brite and had a love-hate relationship with the toy as he once burned his finger trying to change a bulb. However, this setback only fueled his creativity and determination to turn this into a massive art project that showcases both his skill and love for art.

Aiken enlisted the help of over 500 volunteers to glue together over 598,986 pieces of Lite Brite, creating a Picasso of Lite Brite pieces that measures 24 feet wide and 8 feet high. The finished piece, called Forever St. Paul, has become a large piece of art on display in St. Paul, showcasing not only Aiken’s dedication but also his volunteers’ creativity.

The artwork has become a symbol of hope and joy for those who have seen it, as Aiken described it as a way of making people feel good. The Guinness World Record-setting Forever St. Paul is just one example of Aiken’s incredible talent and passion for art.

In conclusion, Ta-coumba T. Aiken’s Forever St. Paul is an impressive feat that showcases not only his skill but also his love for art and his dedication to creating something beautiful despite challenges he faced in the past. The artwork has become an inspiration for many people who have seen it, reminding them that even in difficult times, there is always hope and joy to be found through creativity and determination.

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