THE WINNER of a competition to breathe new life into a once dreary historic passageway has been hard at work this week implementing her design.

Earlier this year, civic chiefs announced plans to commission an experienced artist to deliver a vibrant, bespoke mural at St Maurice’s Covert.

An open call for designs saw over thirty submissions which were whittled down to three shortlisted entries from Sarah Hodgkins, Molly Hawkins, and Jo Swannell.

After a public vote, Molly Hawkins was chosen to fill the huge blank wall with her colourful creation. 

Over the past few days, part of the Covert has been blocked off by fencing while the artist has been busy executing her vision ready for Friday's grand unveiling.

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Molly, who originally trained as a set and costume designer is now known for her large-scale colourful art in public spaces.

Hampshire Chronicle: St Maurice’s CovertSt Maurice’s Covert (Image: Newsquest)

As an international artist, her work can be seen in Poland, Germany, and India as well as the UK. Clients have included Lucy and Yak, the ethical clothing brand, Surfers Against Sewage and Sparkasse, the German community bank.  

She previously said: “My joyful design holds aspects of local heritage whilst celebrating contemporary design. Using the colours of Winchester City Council, the colour palette is curated to ignite inspiration and to enhance the surrounding environment.”

Winchester City Council has been keeping its cards close to its chest over the result of the vote.

However, as work has progressed the winning design has become clear.