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. Despite burning his finger as a child while playing with the toy, Aiken used more than 500 volunteers to help glue together approximately 598,986 Lite Brite pieces. The finished piece, called Forever St. Paul, measures 24 feet wide and 8 feet high, earning it a Guinness World Record for the largest Lite Brite. Aiken signed the artwork with pieces of the toy.
Even though he had a negative experience as a child playing with Lite Brite, Aiken turned the toy into a large piece of art that is now on display in St. Paul. It is a Picasso of Lite Brite pieces and Aiken expressed that art is his life, and that he wanted to make people feel good through his work.