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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    2001 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hays, Dan, born 1966 (artist)
    The Multiple Store (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lenticular plastic, lentography, digital cibachrome print

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MP, shelf 253

Lentography is a process that can be used to create three-dimensional effects or to suggest movement in images. Two or more images are offset against each other and the whole is overlaid with a lenticular screen – a plastic sheet of tiny lenses or prisms. As the viewer moves, the object appears to change dimensions.

Dan Hays relates this ambiguity of physical presence to his concept of the cage, which he sees as both protecting and imprisoning. He describes cages as ‘a simple metaphor for the human condition or the creative process’.

Physical description

Image of a cage, the kind used to house small pets. colour predominantly blue and green. The image is made on lenticular plastic so gives the illusion of shifting and changing shape as the viewer moves in front of it.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


2001 (made)


Hays, Dan, born 1966 (artist)
The Multiple Store (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Lenticular plastic, lentography, digital cibachrome print


Height: 50 cm, Width: 74 cm

Descriptive line

'Sanctuary', digital cibachrome print, 32 of an edition of 50, perspex lenticular, by Dan Hays, England, 2001

Labels and date

This print explores colour relationships and spatial sensations. The visual effects were achieved by splicing together different views of the subject and adding a plastic screen made of many separate lenses. This creates the illusion of three dimensions, and the viewer gets a different perspective on the image from different angles. The title ‘Sanctuary’, applied to a cage, is ironic and has political connotations.


Plastic; Colour printing ink; Paper


Digital photography; Lentography

Subjects depicted



Prints; Artists' multiples

Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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