Shining Bright: St. Paul Artist Creates World-Record Lite Brite Mural to Overcome Childhood Trauma

Minnesota Boasts the World’s Largest Lite Brite

In 2013, St. Paul artist Ta-coumba T. Aiken was commissioned by the St. Paul Foundation to create a world-record breaking Lite Brite mural at the Union Depot. Despite having a negative experience as a child playing with the toy, Aiken used more than 500 volunteers to help him glue together approximately 598,986 Lite Brite pieces. The finished piece, called Forever St. Paul, measures 24 feet wide and 8 feet high and has earned Aiken a Guinness World Record for the largest Lite Brite mural in history.

Aiken signed the artwork with pieces of the toy and expressed that art is his life and that he wanted to make people feel good through his work. He turned what was once a painful memory into something beautiful and inspiring for all to see at the Union Depot in St. Paul.

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