Rome has Michelangelo's "Pieta." Paris has Rodin's "Thinker." And now, Tucson has two nude dancers.

It took a decade, but the life-size bronze statues finally adorn the Fourth Avenue underpass.

A city crew installed them Wednesday morning at the northwest corner of North Fourth Avenue and East Ninth Street.

The city commissioned artist Melody Peters with sculpting a male and female nude dancer back in 2003 for $75,000.

Originally, the statues had a September 2006 delivery date, so they could be installed when the underpass was opened.

But delays and design changes pushed the deadline back and the costs up.

In the end, the city received two female dancers for $115,000.

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