This picture of the stairs leading up to the Chapter house in Wells Cathedral, was always meant to be understood in terms other than purely architectural ones. The steps themselves ripple and look increasingly like waves building into an ocean as they mount towards the lighted space beyond. The stairs seen rising to the right could be a great wave on the point of breaking, thus representing a danger to the traveller or pilgrim. In the middle is a cut block of stone, symbolizing a steadfast soul put in place by the divine Architect. The point though, is not just that the steps look oceanic but that they have been worn that way by generatons of use, until their significance had been inscribed in the very fabric of the building.
OK I confess this is not what is said about my picture but the one taken by Frederick H Evans in1903.
There is nothing that hasn't already been done is there?