excite the attention

See: engage, occupy
References in classic literature ?
I do not know that there was anything about them to excite the attention of the curious.
But it was the destiny of this great prince to excite the attention and admiration of the public in a very modified degree wherever he might be.
A market hall in Dakar, a series of high-rise apartments in Lusaka and a fleet of green buses in Johannesburg might not be the kind of big-ticket projects that usually excite the attention of international investors.
fare -- Miramax's "Malena" and "Chocolat," New Line's "Bamboozled" and Col's "Finding Forrester" and "The Tailor of Panama" -- failed to excite the attention of the nine-member jury headed by former Fox Filmed Entertainment honcho Bill Mechanic.