America At The Seams: America At The Seams: 50 Stories in 50 States of How Baseball United Our Country
About this project
My name is Nathan Rueckert and I am an Artist in Sioux Falls, SD. I have a passion for baseball and giving the game new life through the form of artworks created from the tattered seams and leather of old baseballs. After 17 years of business, thousands of hand-crafted baseball artworks, and over 8,000 used baseballs being given new life, I am embarking on a journey unlike anything ever attempted before.
Let me explain. One thing I’ve come to appreciate is that every old, tattered baseball has a story. Scuffs from breaking balls in the dirt; ripped seams from countless hours in the cages; and grass stains from years of sacrifice and dedication. And one of the reasons baseball fans are drawn to my artwork is that they see themselves in those stories. They see their own hard work, sacrifice, and fond memories they wish they could relive just one more time.
The purpose of this Kickstarter is to raise funds to create a 5 foot wide map of the United States made completely from the tattered and worn red seams and different shades of white leather from actual used baseballs. Hard to visualize, right? The photo below is the art finished. Each state is made from baseballs obtained from that state, but even more, each state’s baseballs was intentionally obtained from someone with a powerful story about how baseball has helped overcome adversity, mend a broken situation, or persevere through a very difficult time.