It does look as though it has just metamorposed from the brickwork. Sprung fully clothed from the primordial slime. According to the City of Sydney website:
The artwork is the brainchild of Popper Box, a collective of Sydney artists with backgrounds in illustration, design, fine art, comics and software engineering. Locally sourced materials have been used to turn Paddington Reservoir Gardens into a living outdoor gallery. Just as moss lives a quiet and slightly fragile life, the poems are present yet subtle, offering a message of gentle encouragement.How does one encourage moss to grow in a specific way? Is it a case of a carrot or a stick? And yes, at the moment we are in the middle of an El Nino. The Southern Oscillation Index is stuck on 'teem every other day'. But what happens when our normal rainfall pattern resumes - as it shall?
This is the first of three installations that the City of Sydney has in mind for the Paddington Reservoir Gardens during 2012. It is subtle, but quite delightful.
And, oh so very easily vandalised.