Imagine an art installation composed of 100,000 books strewn on the streets of a busy city with the specific purpose of blocking traffic.
I'll bet any class of kids would be mesmerized by the beauty of the photographs, fascinated by the concept, and absolutely engaged in a conversation about the meaning of it all.
These are the very student engagements we want to encourage our students to discover as they wander the black symbols strewn upon the pages of books.
NOTE: I've scooped this page though its text appears to be in Spanish. However, the Spanish is followed by a somewhat awkward translation into English.
This installation is a redux of the 2010 effort with fewer books, but with equally intriguing photographs. Check those out here: http://luzinterruptus1.blogspot.com/2010/01/la-literatura-toma-las-calles.html
And, there are great photos of the actual installation process here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/14/luzinterruptus-100000-dis_n_1883543.html#slide=1522381
Too controversial? Dunno. Can something so beautiful counter-balance controversy? And, if lterature itself is great, isn't it because it challenges us to consider and revisit our existing understandings?
You decide. Or better yet, let your students discuss.