Kirk Hoefling was born on a farm north of Hinton, Iowa. As a child, horses became one of his favorite subjects. He received his bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of South Dakota and focused his efforts on local and historic projects. In 2005, Hoefling partnered with Steve Blenderman to design The Roth Fountain, located on Historic Fourth Street. Utilizing original terra cotta sculptures from the 1915 Livestock Exchange Building, Hoefling and Blenderman created a landmark that pays homage to Sioux City’s unique history.