The Extended Heart weaves a single line into a unique visual poem. The opening line features a disconnected heart that extends into an infinity sign, a speech bubble, a brain, and an eclipse. The essential meaning of the poem’s five symbols are compassion, resilience, connection, intent, and alignment. Written with symbols instead of words, the design’s entangled elements conspire to inspire a sense of reflection. Taken together, the layered design is a reminder to explore our capacity for compassion, foster sustainability, start conversations, intentionally build communities, and align our interests’ with the interests' of others. The Extended Heart’s boundary blurring form challenges the idea of there being an ‘us’ and a ‘them’ and implores us to think of our housed and unhoused neighbors as extended family. From this place, we can extend our hearts to others and help build community.

Dreyson Byker

Dreyson's work is driven by his interests in reading, writing, and drawing and the generosity he experienced while hitchhiking and unhoused. He grew up in West Michigan, has a background in the outdoor industry, studied sociology, and lives in Grand Rapids, MI.

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