COLUMBIA, SC (WLTX) A new sculpture is making Boyd Plaza, in front of the Columbia Museum of Art, it's new home.

It's 13-feet high and made out of galvanized steel and painted a bright blue. It's called Jali.

The sculpture, constructed and fabricated in Columbia, is by Steven Naifeh, a South Carolina based artist.

Said Naifeh about the artwork, "I am honored that this sculpture will be shown in such a beautiful way at the Columbia Museum of Art." When talking about his work he said, "I combine influences from the history of Western art and motifs derived from Islamic art into powerful, large-scale and colorful abstract art."

According to the Museum, the name, Jali, is derived from an Indian word meaning a perforated stone or latticed screen, usually with a decorative pattern using geometric shapes and sometimes calligraphy or floral elements.

The Museum in their press release says the sculpture will "enliven the Plaza with it's high-energy presence and masterful construction. Jali, is a bold example of geometric abstraction, a style expressing movement and dynamism using geometric forms."

In addition to the sculpture, the Museum, has organized the first retrospective museum exhibition of Naifeh's paintings and sculpture entitled "Found in Translation: The Art of Steven Naifeh."

It will be on view this summer in the special exhibition galleries from May 18 to September 1.

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