One hundred and fifty artists have descended on Djerba island in Tunisia, spray-paint primed to transform Erriadh Village into an open-air museum. Organized by Galerie Itinerrance in Paris, the project – dubbed Djerbahood – recruited artists from more than 30 countries to the island, a favorite with European tourists and one of the few remaining bastions of the Berber language. Djerba has long enthralled creatives’ imaginations: mythology says the Lotus-Eaters lived on its shores, beguiling stranded sailors like Odysseus; and scenes from the first Star Wars movie were mostly filmed on island.
Now, Djerba has become a muse for murals as revered street artists from around the world, like ROA of Belgium, work away on blank walls. In a deft integration with existing architecture, ROA translated the dome of this building into the head of an octopus, curling the tentacles around the sides of the structure. In homage to his domus genius, I would wear this agate bow of a necklace while wandering the sandy streets in search of art.