In 2013, Ta-coumba T. Aiken was commissioned by the St. Paul Foundation to create a world-record Lite Brite artwork at the Union Depot. The finished piece, called “Forever St. Paul,” is a stunning mosaic of over 500,000 Lite Brite pieces and measures 24 feet wide and 8 feet high.
Aiken played with Lite Brite as a child and had a love-hate relationship with the toy after accidentally burning his finger trying to change a bulb. However, this incident sparked an idea for him to turn his experience into a massive art project that showcases both his skill and passion for art.
The volunteers who helped Aiken bring “Forever St. Paul” to life numbered in the hundreds, each one gluing together thousands of tiny colored tiles to create the intricate design that now graces the walls of St. Paul’s Union Depot. The artwork has become a symbol of hope and inspiration for many who have seen it, reminding them that even in times of pain or hardship, creativity and dedication can help us find joy and beauty in unexpected places.
Overall, Ta-coumba T. Aiken’s work has inspired countless people around the world, proving that even in moments of darkness or struggle, there is always hope for light and color – whether it comes from within ourselves or from others around us.