459 Commercial Street

449 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

449 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

Daniel Richter, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

Daniel Richter, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

On the east end of the waterfront lot his father bought in 1978, the artist Daniel Richter (pictured) had a large home and studio built in 2005. His son, the painter Sacha Richter, designed and constructed the building in collaboration with Robert Wissmann. It’s now the father’s home in town and his son’s studio. In 1963, Daniel was giving public mime demonstrations in Provincetown, not long before he was cast as what Arthur C. Clarke later described as the “most famous unknown actor in the world”: the hominid Moonwatcher in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, the first among his group to divine how a bone may be used as a tool — to the tune of Also Sprach Zarathustra — following an encounter with an alien monolith.


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