Gnomes cause a stir in Italian exhibition

A poster for Colin Reiners' exhibition EMN-140303-163214001
A poster for Colin Reiners' exhibition EMN-140303-163214001

A missing garden gnome is raising the profile of a Lincolnshire village in a city over 1,000 miles away.

Woodhall Spa resident Colin Reiners, a principal lecturer at Lincoln University, is seeing is photographic work portraying life in the village - including the mystery of the missing gnomes - showcased in Milan.

Residents of a small Italian town called Pontremoli became intrigued by the exhibition entitled ‘Ladri di Gnomi Attaccano Woodhall Spa’ - Gnmore Thieves Attack Woodhall Spa, featuring Mr Reiners work.

He chose Italy after working as a professor of photography at Fleming College in Florence in the late 1970s.

Its success saw the exhibition transferred to Milan, at the same time as the annual Fashion Week.

“The Pontremolesi appreciated the messages in the images, seeing them as distinctively English but offering parallels to issues very current in modern day Italy.

“The opening attracted people from as far away as Florence, and even a bemused visitor from Boston.”

Councillor Craig Leyland said: “I would welcome any activity that helps to raise the profile of any of the District’s towns and villages.”