I showed Alison the picture and she said that the steps were a good idea, as well as pointing out the fairytale creep. She then asked how I could make it more realistic and the image of Jacob's Ladder from Cheddar Gorge sprung to mind and so I looked it up.
It was this which reminded Alison of the artist, Andy Goldsworthy. She said that he made sculptors from nature in the area he was in and then left them. Searching him up on google, I found a sculpture of what could be mistaken as stairs through the woods.